I won’t have any crazy decorations on my cap, but you’ll be able to spot me on graduation day. I’ll be the one in tears.
Those tears won’t be all sad and they won’t be all joyous. They’ll be a mixture of both and more importantly a celebration and reflection of two completely wonderful years at SAU.
When Alan Sivell calls my name at the podium, I’ll look over and that’s when the tears will start to swell. Then I’ll cross the stage and look down at Duke Schneider with his camera, and in that moment, I’ll smile, I’ll probably laugh…and then…I’ll cry.
At that point, my career at SAU will have come full circle. At that point, I’ll be a mess. At point, I’ll be red-faced, teary-eyed and completely happy. And, I won’t even care what I look like.
I walked onto campus two years ago where I first met Duke. He first convinced me to take a TV class and then introduced me to Sivell.
They’re the two most influential people I know at SAU. They represent the print and the TV side of this wonderful department. They represent everything I love about journalism. They represent what I wanted and what I now have.
This is where the sad tears come in. I’m leaving, and they’ve become my family. It’s no ordinary department. It’s my home-away-from-home.
The communication department is a family. These people truly care about one another. That’s what I’ll miss most. I’ll miss my SAU family.
I’ve often thought of the billions upon billions of people on this Earth…and, I truly believe I’ve been privileged to meet some of the most incredible people in the world.
People who I’ll never forget. People that I’ll invite to my wedding. People who I hope to ‘hang out with’ for the rest of my life.
And…cue the happy tears.
I knew when I walked onto this campus that I only had two years to make the absolute most of my time. I had 730 days to squeeze every ounce of opportunity and life out of this last leg of education.
I never dreamed of having a double major. I never dreamed of loving TV production. I never dreamed of becoming the Editor-in-Chief of this newspaper (okay, maybe I did dream the last one, but I never expected any of those things to actually happen).
I thought I’d come to school and go back home as I had done in community college. But it was the people that made me stay. It was the opportunities that had me asking for more. It was the thrill of being in a place where I was unknown.
But, most of all—it was the people. And that’s the hardest thing to leave behind.
I know I’ll never have another Sunday Buzz meeting with my editors. I know we’ll never sit in that terribly hot office and laugh and complain and joke about our next issue, our week and our futures ever again.
I know I’ll never anchor, direct or report alongside my best friends for “Dateline SAU” ever again.
To everyone in the communication department—please know you’re loved. You’ll never know how much you mean to me. There is nothing better than talking and sharing sweets with you.
Sivell & Duke—you’re the ones who made me love SAU on my first visit. You’re the ones who will always let me walk into your offices and chat when I need it. If I’m anything like either of you when I ‘grow up,’ I’ll be so lucky.
Sam—we’ve been friends since nearly day one. It’s like magic when you pick up a camera. I’ll always enjoy working with you. We’ve made some pretty cool stuff in our time here, we make an awesome team. And thanks for having such a wonderful girlfriend, Jena—who is beautiful both inside and out, she’s the coolest non-COMM person I know. And thanks for loving my apple pie so much.
Tim—you’ll always be my favorite newsman. You can make me care about almost anything with your beautiful writing. Most importantly, you’re a true gentleman, and you can make me laugh harder than anyone I know.
Mary M.—I love our ability to talk about everything…and our mutual love of all things Disney. I promise you’ll get a call when Kate Middleton has her baby. It’s gonna be an awesome day.
Mary S.— You’re the most comforting person I know. I’m going to miss your hugs. They’re the best.
And, you know who you are—Tom, Matt, Coethe, Kelsey, Annie, Austin, Andrew, Jon, Johnna, Nick, Jason, Dave, Brittany, Kelly, Cody, Fabiola, Dr. Preston, Dan Hale, and of course, my real family. Thank you.
To anyone who ever agreed to be interviewed or to anyone who ever watched SAUtv or picked up a copy of The Buzz – thank you.
To everyone who wrote for The Buzz this year: I’m incredibly proud that for the last year, we’ve been able to produce enough content so that nearly every issue was all our own.
Thanks, to this incredible team of editors. I hope we can get together every-now-and-again in the future. That would mean the world to me.
Until then—I’ll leave my heart right here in this department. I’ll take a little bit of each of you with me where ever I go. And promise me—when you see me crying on graduation day—you’ll give me the biggest hug you’ve ever given, you’ll smile for the pictures, and most importantly you’ll promise me we’ll see each other soon.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.