Going into my freshman year, I decided to join the student newspaper on a whim, as nothing more than a fun pastime. My major had nothing to do with writing, and the only reason I joined was because I was a member of my high school’s paper, so it was something I was familiar with. After one quick semester, the Winonan sparked my current love of journalism, giving me the drive to not only become a leader in the newsroom, but also to change my major to mass communication – journalism. Walking into the Welcome Week club fair that fall afternoon in 2015, I never thought that going up to the student newspaper booth would ultimately change my career path, nor did I think it would be as impactful to me as it has been.
After becoming Editor-in-Chief in fall of 2017, I had three goals for the paper: create a fresh redesign, get a new-and-improved website and celebrate a centennial anniversary to remember for years to come. Though I’m sad to part ways, with help from an amazing staff, I leave knowing all three goals were met, and that the paper will be left in good hands.
Four years, three positions, 100+ budget meetings, and over 80 editing nights later, it’s finally time to close this chapter of my life. Without the Winonan, and all the staff members I’ve worked with over the years, I would not be where I am today. I can say in full honesty that I learned more about my field through the Winonan than I did in any of my major classes, so if anyone is considering joining a club related to their major, I would recommend it 110%.
I am beyond grateful for not only the opportunities the Winonan has given me over these past nine semesters, but also the second family I’ve gained through the process. Thank you to everyone who has ever been on staff, from the editors who trained me into the leader I am today, to the new reporters and photographers that will be leaders in a few short years.
So long and goodnight, Winonan.