By Kelsey Reichmann
The Bulletin changed my life forever.
I know most communications students see this as just another class they have to pass in order to get their degrees, but to me, it is so much more.
Before The Bulletin, it was all theory and class projects. You wrote and only the professor would see your words. Your ideas were protected from public view.
And then you’re thrown into the deep end.
All of a sudden you are writing about real things. People you don’t know are reading your work. You’re asking questions you never thought you’d be able to ask or didn’t even know you wanted the answers to.
My final semester on The Bulletin staff, I was given the honor of being editor-in-chief and it was nothing like I expected.
I didn’t know how much pressure I would feel to produce important meaningful stories every two weeks. I didn’t know how difficult leading a group of people would be. I didn’t know how much criticism I would face for the stories I was writing. I didn’t know how it would feel to truly be passionate about something because what they don’t tell you is that when you find what you love it will probably cause you pain.
I also didn’t know how proud I would feel when each issue came out.
This semester was the hardest in my college career, but it was also the most rewarding. I am so proud of what this staff and myself have been able to accomplish.
This semester we focused on the real issues: faculty tenure, guns on campus, gender equity, free speech, religion, race.
As the cliche goes, nothing worth having ever comes easy, but that is how we learn.
I learned to be brave when I had the opportunity to interview academic affairs. I learned to be strong when I faced criticism from the president. But most importantly, I learned to believe in myself through every article I wrote and every issue we published.
Ultimately, I am extremely grateful that I grew as a journalist and as editor-in-chief of this publication, and I hope it continues doing the work we started this semester so that one day I can look back and know that I was part of something revolutionary.