Junior year was a fun and exciting year. I went abroad, I lived with girls I didn’t know who are now my best friends, I made new friends and I started doing more things for myself that I thoroughly enjoyed; one of these things included writing. As an English major, it feels like there’s a paper due every week, and a book, or books, to be read every week. It became very mundane to read and write for class. Of course I don’t mind this, and sometimes I do enjoy it, but mostly I was only reading and writing because I had to.

When my friend Deanna told me that she works and writes for The Mirror, I couldn’t help but think that this would be something I would enjoy too. I was a little hesitant at first, because I’ve never written in a journalistic way before, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be any good at it, or if I’d have time for this commitment. I started writing for The Mirror anyway, and I couldn’t believe the extent to which I enjoyed submitting an article every single week. I had the opportunity to write about anything that interested me. I covered Fairfield’s dance show, the Academy Awards, music news, the latest drama on one of my favorite television franchises “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette”, movie reviews, restaurant reviews, and more. Writing every week turned into assistant editor for my favorite section to write for, Vine. All the time put into writing articles and publishing them has been completely worth it. I couldn’t have asked to be part of a more passionate, talented, devoted staff. Every week, a group of funny, quirky, outspoken college kids met in a tiny office to independently run and publish a newspaper for everyone to read, and we always got it done.

To all of the members on staff, thank you for all of the stories, laughter, and advice that has allowed me to grow as a writer and a person. I know you all have exciting futures awaiting you! I can’t believe it’s my last issue working for The Mirror; it was so much more than the weekly articles and meetings. I’ve learned that trying something new and stepping outside of my comfort zone has been rewarding and led me to something I have enjoyed greatly. I have found what I enjoy doing most in the world and hope to find a career along this path. I will miss writing and working for The Mirror very much and I hope that my articles were entertaining and informative. Although this chapter has ended, I look forward to what lies ahead, and I hope to be writing more articles in the next chapter!

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