It is tradition for graduating staff members here at the Pointer to write a farewell article, and after seeing many do it before, it is now my turn. So adiós, Stevens Point.
If I had to decide what the smartest decision I ever made here was, it was to build up the courage to walk through the doors into our newsroom on a January day in 2013, looking to see if the newspaper needed a sports reporter. Well, I was lucky that day because the only person in the newsroom was my predecessor as sports editor, Will Rossmiller, who needed a sports reporter. Long story short, I have been here ever since.
Coming into UWSP as a freshman I was not sure what I wanted to do. I knew I could write, history was easy to me, but I was awful in math and science. Since I was good at writing and I did not want to teach, I decided to be a communication major in media studies. Deciding to write about sports was easy because that’s what interests me the most, and writing about government is boring. Sorry news section.
If there is one piece of advice I can give to future students in this department, or any for that matter, it is to get involved.
Yes it sounds cliché, but getting involved in the media organizations on campus gave me so much experience that cannot be taught in a classroom. I was able to not only write about sports here, but I was able to talk about sports weekly on SPTV, as well as on 90FM.
So now is the time where I give thanks to the people who helped me get to where I am at now because I cannot come up with other things to say. First, I give thanks to all the friends I made here, and I will not name any because I’d rather not play favorites.
I would like to thank Steve Hill, Mike Beacom and Chris Shofner as these three professors taught me so much on how to succeed in this profession. From learning how to write different types of articles in professor Hill’s and Beacom’s classes or learning the production side of media in professor Shofner’s classes, I think I’m ready to get into the field.
I’d like to thank Mitch Capelle and Michael Abdella from the Sports Information Department. I sent a lot, and I mean a lot, of emails to them asking for interviews, story ideas and photos. They always helped me out when it came to a story, and they do a lot of great behind the scenes work for the athletics department.
Also to my fellow graduating colleague, our current Editor-in-Chief, Grace Ebert for giving me the freedom to run the sports section. Hopefully she sticks this article in Pointlife where it belongs.
Ok, time to wrap this up since it is over 450 words, and I don’t think I can continue.
In my final paragraph ever, I would like to finish with a quote by Michael Scott that I believe fits how I have written not only this article, but many before.
“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope to find it along the way.”