Tuesday, May 08, 2012

On changes

When I graduated college in 2005, I figured that would be one of my last -- if not the last -- graduation moments. But I had another one this week, and can't help but think it's more than a coincidence that it should happen to fall during Graduation Week. Yesterday was my last day as adviser for the college newspaper I've advised for the past five years. The instructor who was the adviser before me is coming back on board, and although I've known for a few months now that I won't be returning to my adviser-ly duties in the fall, it really, really began to sink in yesterday at the last staff meeting. I've wondered from time to time if I'm making an impact on my students, and well, they left me speechless yesterday with a little surprise in the last issue of the year...
They wrote wonderful little farewell messages to me; there were even messages from former staff members. I also wrote a little note of my own for them...

Rarely are we given the opportunity to go home again. Life -- and time -- marches on, and we march forward with it. But sometimes, we do find ourselves wanting to go home again, if only for awhile, to see where we’ve been and to see just how far we’ve come.

For the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to go home just a little bit. In fact, I last wrote for the Kaleidoscope exactly 10 years ago this month. I was the editor-in-chief then. And for the last five years, I’ve been the adviser, which is why I can’t help but feel as though things have come full circle. I’ve watched you all, the staff, grow and learn and get excited about this very important job of being a journalist.

When people ask me what an adviser does, I always reply, “I mold future Woodwards and Bernsteins.” But you helped me grow and learn too. You’ve made me a better writer and a better leader.

In the coming months, your own home is going to change. As you move into the new Student Center, remember that you’re also moving into a new era of journalism. The Web. Videos. Social media. They all come together. They all come together to help tell the story because, at the core, that’s what journalism is all about. Telling a story in a compelling, truthful way.

Even though my time as adviser is coming to an end, your journey of storytelling is just beginning. I look forward to seeing where it takes you. And I thank you for letting me come home again.

These are the moments that make it all worth it, aren't they? The moments of stress and being bogged down by deadlines don't seem so horrible when viewed through the lens of the bigger picture. When I look at it that way, I suppose I have a lot to thank them for too.

P.S. The top two photos were taken in my office. I couldn't help snapping a few commemorative shots. :)


  1. I am so happy about this messages, I am sure you have deserve it.

    what's next?
    what are you going to do now??

    Love, Ylenia from Longuette

  2. So bittersweet. Hope the your next chapter brings you so much happiness and excitement. :) Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. woow, congrats! what's the future hold for you??

  4. Whatever you do next I am sure you will excel at it. All the best

  5. Thanks for these kind words. I'll be taking the summer to work on some writing and my blog...got LOTS of exciting things in the works! xoxo

  6. I'm tearing up at my own desk–how sweet!

  7. How strange that an employee would leave......they hire you......you do the job for five years.....the original advisor waltzes back....and you get booted out!!! Surely they could have offered you another position, considering your work ethic and enthusiasm for the position! Best of luck to you!!!

  8. Leaving a job after five years is tough. I hope this change is what you wanted and not something foisted upon you by the higher ups. You really seemed to love your job and working with your students to bring out the best in them, it's kind of sad that they decided to bring someone else in to do your job. I wish you all the best and hope that this change gives you a chance to chase after some of those other big magazines you've always wanted to write for. Best of luck!

  9. What an amazing farewell gift they gave you in that last issue. I hope you take some time to enjoy the summer, and may you find something new and wonderful during this transition!

  10. Thanks, Anon -- I'll miss the job, of course, but am so excited to get the chance to focus on some of my mother writing!


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