Four years have gone by in the blink of an eye. I can’t believe how quickly this experience has come and gone. From my first Snapper article as a freshman (an album review of Jordyn Shellhart’s “In a Room”), to my last “Goodbye” article, hundreds of thousands of words have been written (and re-written), layouts have been lost to the “spinning wheel of death,” grammar has been checked (and double-checked), and hilarious memories have been made. Now that I’ve put in a few thousand words, I’m at a loss for how to end it.
Being a member of the Snapper staff has been challenging, rewarding, frustrating, and unbelievably fun. There is something about writers – despite the stresses of publication nights, due dates, and missing articles – we understand each other. We connect in a weird, nerdy way that most people will never understand. To the new editors and writers, be prepared for long nights, articles that are never written, painstaking hours of copy-editing, and stressful moments when Quark doesn’t feel like working and deletes your entire layout and you have to start from scratch. (Technology, it’s a beautiful thing.)
BUT – you’ll love every minute of it. There is nothing like seeing your name in print after working tirelessly on a layout you can be proud of. There is nothing like stringing sentences together to create something powerfully informative or hilariously entertaining for your peers to read. The pizza on Tuesday nights, the creativity, and your new friends will make your college experience that much better. When it’s all over, you will be wishing you wrote more! (I know, I can’t believe I said that, either.)
Thank you to my Snapper family for this terrific and memorable experience! Good luck to the seniors and good luck to the new staff members. Embrace the stress and learn from it – it will pay off in the end.