When I sat down to write this article, I was angry. I was mentally prepared to write a big tell off opinion, spill all the tea and leave nothing left unsaid for my last article.
That, despite my true feelings, is not how this article is going to go. Quite a few things at CSC get under my skin, but anger is not how I would like to be remembered, nor what I would like to focus on. Instead, I want to let you know what I’ve learned during my time at The Eagle.
One: You must roll with the punches.
Sometimes, you become Managing Editor without knowing what the heck you are doing or what the position really is. Sometimes, a reporter who is taking the class for a grade turns in a one paragraph story two hours before deadline and you have to completely rewrite it. Sometimes, a big vote, that you revolve an entire special edition newspaper around, doesn’t happen. You can’t sit around and complain about how everyone sucks and how you don’t have time to do work, you must simply do.
Two: People do not care about you or your time, unless you can benefit them.
Newspapers run on deadlines. For those who don’t know, we must have the entire newspaper written, built, proofread and edited by Wednesday nights. This means, if you want something written about an organization you’re in or you want to publish a letter to the editor, you have to send it by, at the very latest, Tuesday at noon, as long as you let an editor know that you need it published.
We want to publish about different organizations, and we want to let people have their voice, but we cannot simply drop everything to publish your story. We are not going to search through every single email we have and hunt you down because you want something in the newspaper. We have better things to do than that and reserve the right to not publish your material.
Three: Most people refuse to do good work.
Sorry to say, but while there are a lot of amazing people out there, there are also a lot of duds. And the duds are often the people who go around thinking they are studs.
Usually, they don’t care about what they do. They are all talk, no walk. And when they do walk, it’s more of a limp.
People seem to think that by doing the bare minimum and subpar work, amazing things will be handed to them.
This may seem like a very pessimistic view point, but if you don’t want to be a dud, let this motivate you. Get your work done. Do good work. And prepare to do the dud’s work, too.
Four: Mistakes happen.
You are going to fudge up. You are going to fudge up a lot, but you’re going to learn. Accept the fault, own up, learn from it and move on with your life.
The Eagle is a learning environment. It is meant for students to get real life experience and serves as a safe place for students to fudge up. If you see us fudge up, communicate it. We want to know.
Please don’t make passive aggressive comments about us misquoting you. Don’t post on your snapchat story saying that we got your hometown wrong. Don’t tell your friends that we messed up and are not credible. Instead, tell us. We can’t fix what we don’t know is broken. We can’t learn if we don’t see our mistakes, which are still going to happen because we’re human.
Five: Hard work pays off.
I’ve cried in the newsroom. I’ve cried in the bathroom because of the newsroom. I’ve cried at home because of the newsroom. Yes, I’m a very emotional person, but my time here at The Eagle has not been easy. It is hard work. The naive person I was when I walked into the newsroom as Lifestyles Editor is a completely different person than who I am now.
I’m not a journalism major. I’m not a journalism minor. I simply saw an opportunity to gain experience and build my resume. The skills I have learned at The Eagle have given me the ability to choose the path I want to follow, even if it isn’t in the journalism field.
Six: Nothing bonds people more than stress.
Because of The Eagle, I am friends with people I would have probably never been friends with, and I am so thankful. I hope they know that I’m going to share memes and mistakes with them for the rest of my life.
Thank you, to The Eagle, for putting up with me. I will never regret putting up with you.