Journalism was not my first career choice. In fact I always said I hated the idea of journalism all together. So joining the Leader was not something I ever thought that I would do in my time at Elmhurst College.
I originally came to Elmhurst to be a high school English teacher. Well, that obviously did not pan out and, long story short, I had to leave the education department.
I was devastated. My entire college career I was dead set on becoming a teacher and now my whole world was unravelling around me.
I went through the normal progression of thoughts. “My parents are going to kill me.” “What am I going to do with the rest of my life.” “I should just drop out of school and work retail the rest of my life.”
It was at this low point in my life where I could not tell up from down that a friend suggested that I join The Leader.
Part of me wanted to refuse.
Part of me wanted nothing more to do with the place that had crushed all my hopes and dreams.
And then part of me kind of wanted to give it a shot because there was nothing left to lose.
Now, two years after joining The Leader, I have found my place in the world again.
The Leader gave me so much more than my name in the paper; it gave me a purpose. It gave me a future that I would have never thought I would have had if I had not just taken the chance.
Here, at the Leader, I have had moments of utter defeat and of complete bliss. Here I found a group of people who were just as lost as I was and needed a place to just be themselves without the fears and jugements that surround us in our everyday lives. Here I found a home away from home. Here I found a family.
Despite all the late nights and cramming to finish a story by deadline, I cannot say I would rather have spent my time at Elmhurst doing anything else.
So for that, I say thank you. Thank you to all of the great people I have met and gladly can call my friends. Thank you for putting up with me and all my quirks. Thank you for guiding me when I needed a hand. And thank you for all the late night, sleep deprived memories that I would not have otherwise.
Thank you for letting my take a chance because I am never looking back.