When I first joined the paper, I had no idea what I was doing. I joined because my adviser told me I needed to join the newspaper, print magazine or online magazine.

My first semester after deciding to join Cardinal Points, I was a writer in the sports department with Zach Ripple as my editor, and to be honest, without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. My first couple articles were sloppy and didn’t flow well enough to be good stories, but Zach taught me what to do and made me a better writer.

My second semester here, the current news editor Maggie McVey asked me if I wanted to be her associate. I said, ‘Yes,’ and left the sports section to help her and learn about news writing.

This was a move in the right direction because it gave me a chance to work with one of my best friends and people I have so much to thank for. She gave me a chance to move up in the paper when I didn’t even know where I was going with it. If it wasn’t for her helping me move forward, I’m not sure where I would be today.

While I loved worked with Maggie and writing about the news on campus, there was always something pulling me back to the sports section, and I got my chance to go back, this time as sports editor.

I have been sports editor for a year now. I have worked late nights in the office, designed countless pages, written more stories than I ever thought I would and became a teacher to the new writers, like Zach was to me.

I was lucky enough to have two associates during my time as editor, Alex Reynolds and Bailey Carlin, who helped me through, and I have all the confidence in the world that Carlin will be a success in his new role when he takes over for me next year.

Zach and Brian Molongoski took over as the editor- in-chief and managing editor at the beginning of this year and have done great as a team. They have helped the paper to continue its success and helped me to become a better writer, editor and journalist as a whole, and I can’t thank them enough.

I am going to miss all of the current editors who I have spent most of my junior year with. To the graduating seniors, Zach, Brian, Brittany Shew and Amanda Velez, I am going to miss all of you and I hope you guys keep in touch. To the ones who are staying, I may not be an editor anymore, but I will still be in the office and copy editing.

Thank you to Cardinal Points as a whole for making my sophomore and junior years some of the happiest of my life, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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