April 20, 2012
Editor bids farewell to Crusader familySusquehanna: My home away from home. It is where I have spent the last four years of my life. It is where I have met great friends who will be in my life forever. It is where I have had the opportunity to study abroad not once, but twice within my four years. It's where I have held numerous leadership positions on campus and have gotten one-on-one attention from professors. It is where President Lemons helped me move in on Freshman Move-In Day, at a time when I was nervous to leave my high school life behind.
Susquehanna is a place that changed my life forever. It is, and always will be, my home.
I can't believe this will be my last editorial in The Crusader. It feels like yesterday that I was writing my first forum article. For me, and for several of the other seniors on the editorial board, it is hard for us to summarize all of the experiences we have had at Susquehanna, let alone in one editorial such as this. However, it is important for me to focus on The Crusader in the following words because The Crusader is where it all began for me.
As an incoming freshman student, the most important thing to me was getting involved. It was The Crusader that offered me my first experience being a member of a student-run group on campus and a place I felt comfortable within the first few weeks at Susquehanna. The editorial board and staff writers were so welcoming, and I knew that I would be involved with the paper throughout my college career. Not only did it offer me a sense of community, but it allowed me to explore the communications field hands on. It also allowed me to acknowledge the writing skills I already had, and the things I needed to improve.
Since writing has always been a passion of mine, The Crusader was a place I could be myself. It is where I have built self-confidence, made lifelong friends and shared unforgettable memories. It is where I had the chance to express my opinion about issues, like my phobia of mice in the sophomore suite, a hockey game gone bad and friends who come and go throughout high school and college.
I honestly never thought it would be this hard to say goodbye to people I truly care about, in a room where we stayed up until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. to finish editing eight pages and where laughing was always heard coming from the other side of the door.
Serving as editor in chief for a year has been rewarding. However, with only two more weeks of classes, I am now officially a "senior editor," which basically means, "Adios, seniors."
After I put on my cap and gown, walk across the stage to get my diploma and throw my hat in the air, I will more than likely not know what is yet to come. Selinsgrove, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, St. Lois and even Chile are all places I could be living in after graduation, but I know that Susquehanna has prepared me to go in any direction that life takes me. I called it home the first day I visited, and I will always call it home, no matter where I am.
To everyone who was a part of my life at Susquehanna, I thank you for everything. The journey has been fast but exceptional. To my friends, professors and supervisors, I thank you for what you have taught me. Thank you to The Crusader editorial board for allowing me to vent to you and for trusting me to listen. Thank you for allowing me to be myself and share my experiences with you.
I know it may sound cheesy, but I will take a part of everyone with me wherever I go.
It's true: Susquehanna will always be my home away from home.
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