The Struggle is Real: Struggling to say good-bye

Man, the struggle is real…
It is time to leave CSC.
I started my college career at Chadron State on New Student Orientation day Aug. 15, 2013. I attended my first class on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, sat through my first newspaper meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, and my first story was published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. My byline featured the title sports editor in the Aug. 29, 2013, edition of The Eagle.
I was the sports editor for a year and a half before I was moved to the managing editor position for the spring 2015 semester. During the first week as managing editor, the fire alarm went off in Old Admin about 5 p.m. Wednesday while the staff and I were making final edits and sending pages to our printer.
I stood on the newsroom table for 15 minutes with the fire alarm going off trying to decide if I was supposed to leave the building or burn with the paper. (Thankfully, there was not an actual fire, just a false alarm.)
I have spent four long years in this newsroom. While here, I learned all things journalism: AP style, concise writing, accurate reporting, and photojournalism.
For this newspaper, I covered a football game at AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas, a Colorado Rockies baseball game in Denver, and wrestling meets at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
But, working here has been a struggle. I had to write tough stories of deaths and scandals. I have had to sit through countless meetings and edit thousands of pictures for publication. I wrote millions of words for thousands of stories about hundreds of events.
I have taken multiple naps on and under the newsroom table. I have even spent the night in this room twice.
I have cried until I could not see while in this newsroom, and I have laughed until I could not breathe.
I have created friendships that will last for my lifetime and I have made enemies that are not so easy to forgive.
So, being in this newsroom has been a struggle, but now I am leaving and that is going to be a new struggle.
This newsroom has been my home on campus for four years. Now, I am graduating and have to leave this home. As much as I have complained, yelled, and cried about this newspaper and the stress I have experienced in this stupid newsroom, I am going to miss this stupid newsroom and I will cry when I have to clean off my desk.
This newsroom has been a better classroom than most; the teachers in this newsroom included my adviser, my peers, community members, and CSC administrators. I’ve learned difficult lessons and it has truly been a struggle to get through these four years in this newsroom, but the best lesson I learned: Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
So, leaving this newsroom will definitely be a real struggle, but I have a desk full of chocolate to eat before I go to remind me life is always sweet.

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