Embarking on a new journey

Writing this farewell letter, I am filled with both sadness and eagerness. Sadness because it is the end of one chapter, and eagerness because I am eager to see what the future holds.

However, I must say that looking back upon my time at Sam Houston, I like to think that because of the people I have met, I have grown along the way, starting with The Houstonian staff.

Christi Laney: I want to first thank you for taking me under your wing when I came into the first meeting of the semester and said that I could cover softball, knowing that I had no previous experience whatsoever. The knowledge that you gave me and the courage you helped me find are immeasurable and the simple words of “thank you” will never be enough. You will always have a special place in my heart.

Rachael Gleason: Thank you for your boost of confidence last semester when you found out that I would be Editor-in-chief. It really meant a lot.

Jenni Swenson: Thank you for teaching me great lessons and I had a blast listening to your music on our drive up to TIPA.

Meagan Ellsworth: I have had a blast knowing you. You are a great writer and have a great road ahead of you.

Joe Buvid: Your photos, especially your action shots for sports are incredible. I hope you weren’t mad when I thought they were taken by a professional. That just simply means that is how great and well taken they were.

Lotis Butchko: I have never seen anyone network the way you can. The way you have people call you back within a matter of hours is incredible, plus the people you know are immense. Though we have had a bumpy ride sometimes, I wish you all the best in your future and your career.

Kevin Jukkolla: I have to say that it has been very intersting knowing you. Though we have differing viewpoints and disagree a lot of the times, I have to say that I couldn’t see myself not having you as a friend. You have let me see viewpoints of the world in a completely different way, and I thank you for that.

Heath Wierck: Thanks for all the editing you did for the paper. I know sometimes it was rough. Also, thanks for the great laughs in our English class, as well as the words of wisdom. Don’t forget to bring the coffee.

Addison Reed: I enjoyed your special edition about the health care debate. I also enjoyed our history class together, as well as getting your input on the scheme of things. It was enlightening.

Ms. Ziegler: Thank you for allowing me to do what I believed to be right for the paper. I also thank you for your input on certain matters, as well as places where I could improve upon.

To all the other staff members that I have worked with at the paper, I want to thank you to for all the lessons you have taught me and the many laughs we’ve had.

Graduating in December, when New Year’s is not that far away, almost seems like a cliche. However, I think it has more meaning because not only will the year be coming to an end, but my college career as well.

Though I will drive out of Huntsville with my rock music blasting in the background, I know I will not be afraid, even though I don’t know where the road of my life may lead.

Watching the movie Serendipity, I remember when Jeremy Piven’s character explains to John Cusack that the Greeks never wrote obituaries. They only asked one question when a man died: Did he have passion?

I guess in a way, this farewell letter is a sort of obituary because it is basically the ending of an important chapter of my life. However, I like to think that I did have passion, whether it was with the newspaper or my classes in general. It was passion that drove me, and it will continue to be passion that will drive me in this articulate and and once-in-a-lifetime experience called life.

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