Congratulations students. You made it through another year of school. I learned recently that out of the world’s population, only about 6.7 percent hold a college degree. This is a great honor and privilege to be here and I hope you use it to your advantage. Education is a great thing, but it’s what you do with your education that matters.
I have been so fortunate to be able to work on this newspaper for the last couple of years. Sitting in our little newsroom, surrounded by glass (the fishbowl as we like to call it), I feel a little sad that this will be my last issue here. I have enjoyed writing for, editing and working on this paper. I have learned some hard lessons during my two years on the paper. One of the biggest lessons was to believe in myself. I never thought I would make it as a writer, let alone an editor of the paper. Yet, here I am, after two years, writing the hardest article a writer can write; a farewell article. I learned to trust in myself, in my decisions and my own voice. This newspaper has been my classroom and teacher.
Another lesson I have learned is that everyone has a story. Everyone at Salt Lake Community College has overcome great odds to be here. My writers, editors, photographers, graphic designers and advisors have all taught me that. Each one of them has their own story, their own voice. They are what made this paper great. Despite late night deadlines, working and going to school full time, they manage to put this paper out every week. I will miss our meetings and late nights laughing and sometimes crying when things don’t go right. I will miss my staff the most. They have been great examples to me of perseverance and dedication.
I hope you will continue to support your student newspaper. I hope that you will come to this paper and find out what your fellow classmates and professors are doing, and even contribute material. This is your community newspaper, a repository for student voice and views. I have been honored to witness some of these stories firsthand; the struggles, the triumphs and the excellence that is found within our community. And to learn that everyone has a story.
With cutbacks in printing and staff of newspapers around the country, we are facing our own setbacks here. We will not be printing this summer, but will still have articles and events posted to our website at www.globeslcc.com. We will start printing again for fall semester. Until then, view us online or find us on Facebook. We will continue to share stories of your fellow classmates and even possibly of you. Happy summer! Keep learning throughout your life and don’t let a degree stop you from learning more.