Goodbyes and new beginnings



It’s the last print of the semester and the last editorial I’ll write with the words “Assistant Editor” under my name. Next time I sit to write an editorial, it’ll say “Editor-in-Chief” in big black, often unforgiving, letters.

It’s an emotional thing for me; I’ve loved being assistant editor. I pick stories to cover, and I am the first to see each of those stories as it moves towards publication. I know more about this campus and the happenings of it than anyone would care to know. I know that I will miss this position.

The photo editor, James Kuepper, and I are the only two who are staying on the editorial staff. Everyone else is graduating, many of whom I consider my best friends. It’s sad to see them go but the staff for next year has proved themselves as hard workers and joyful people.

That’s what we do at The Troubadour. We work hard. There are nights when staff members want to rip their hair out over stories not fitting on pages, the app crashing, AP Style. However, when all is said and done, we have a really good time doing it.

So thank you to Lauren, Josh, Jean-Marie, Catherine, Elizabeth, Erin, Melissa and Ryan. You guys are all amazing people, and I wish you all the happiness in the world next year. Please do not ever be afraid to visit and say “hi.” I hope you will always find a home at The Troubadour.

Welcome to the team Allegra, Margaret, Doug, Rebecca, Hunter, Molly, John, Michelle, Rachael, James and Gracie (though I know you’ve already been on the team, James and Gracie). You have said yes to being a part of something that is very dear to my heart, and I think you are going to like it. I’m so excited to lead you and create something great. It’s going to be a good year.

I especially want to extend a big thanks to all of the writers, past and present , whom I had the blessing to lead this year. There are too many of you to list right now, though I wish I could thank all of you individually.

The Troubadour wouldn’t be operational without all of your hard work. You give the rest of the staff the words that make The Troubadour tangible. I’m so proud of each and every one of you. I’ve watched you grow not only as writers but also as people. I know there are stories you have written that have opened your eyes in the light of the church and stories that have helped you fall deeper in love with this campus and the people in it.

Thank you for letting me lead you, for asking questions, for being patient with me and for helping me and the rest of the staff make a great paper. I want to extend an invitation to you and any others interested in writing to join our team next year and continue making it great.

We’re heading into uncharted waters, old staff and new, writers and photographers alike. I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited to see what this new chapter will bring.