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Danielle Kreider: Farewell article

DanielleHeadshot_editDanielle Kreider
Staff Writer

Farewell my dear Snapper.

Wow, it’s been a long four and a half years here at Millersville University, and the Snapper has been a huge part of my experience here. Without the Snapper, my college experience wouldn’t have been the same. I have a deep love for the Snapper, my adviser Gene Ellis, and our amazing Snapper staff. We’ve become a family, and over the past four years I’ve had to say goodbye to beloved friends and getting to know new staff members when they arrived. 

Being news editor of the Snapper for almost three years has given me the best time of my life. I learned so much from being a part of the Snapper, just as much as I’ve learned from my beloved journalism professors, Prof. Benoit and Prof. Foster; thank you both for everything, you’ve both helped me above and beyond. I am so grateful to have professors like you both. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far, thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

To my departed Snapper loves, Laura Maginley (my right hand and my kindred spirit), Zack Staab (oh my Zacky how I miss your face), David Lu (I’ll always blame you my Lu), Kevin Kaiser (my dear Kevy boo, I already miss you), and many others who have come and gone; Diane, Chelsea, Anne, Marissa, Sam, Aubs, Teddy, Brandon, Vi, you are all greatly missed. To my fellow graduating seniors, Cat, Chris, Julia and of course Mr. Michael Blackson, I love you guys’….WE DID IT! To Mike, we’ve had a great run together; we made a great team our dynamic duo. Four years together is a long time, and I have to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be an asset to the Snapper, I love you man and I’ll miss you more then words could ever say. Alright, the tears are flowing; I might as well push on. My favorite adviser, Gene Ellis, I would have never gotten this far without all your support and caring. I am going to miss you so much, thank you for always believing in my potential and me. You are truly one in a million, and I will always carry you with me in all that I do and wherever it takes me, you’ll always be there in my heart and in my thoughts. 

Oh, Millersville…we’ve had an interesting ride, haven’t we? Ups and downs, good and bad, but I made it. I can’t believe it’s just about over; being a college graduate is something I have strived for since I was young. Becoming a writer, being a journalist and editor these are my dreams and passions and with my degree I can accomplish these goals. Thank you for this MU, I am hoping that I have made you proud even though there were times when I let you down. I am sorry for those times, but I can only hope I have redeemed myself in the eyes of my University…but to be honored with my degree is thanks enough. 

Okay, Snapper loves who are not quite finished yet; I know you will all do great! Maria, Alex, Rach, Christine, Katie, Nikki, I will miss you all so much. You have come into my heart as the rest have and it makes me tear up again to know I won’t be there next semester to guide and help you in the Snapper ways. It’s hard to pass on the baton, but it is something that must always be done. We have to grow and move on, and continue on with our lives into our wide-open futures. 

But I will never forget any of you, my Snapper loves, you have all made such an intense impact on my life…the greatest impact I could have ever asked for. Damn, tears again! I can’t seem to keep it together here in this farewell article…but must press on. I know that the new Snapper staff will not disappoint, you will continue on with our legacy and only add to it from here on out. Make us proud Snapper dears, I have faith in this crew and the strength of the Snapper will see you through to graduation.

I can’t believe this is it. It’s over. No more papers, no more articles, no more exams…onto the next aspect of my life (which still has yet to be fully determined-hence the pondering facial expression in my picture). As much as I don’t want to admit it, I am going to miss you Millersville…even though we’ve had our differences you will always be my University, my alma mater. 

Snapper, I will miss you most of all. You have been my sanctuary here, my one constant in my college life. It makes me immensely sad to leave you behind and to move on, but that is the next step to be taken. My dearest Snapper, you have always been my strength, my backbone and I have learned more then I ever imagined being a part of you. For four years, you’ve been there for me every step of the way, how do I just walk away from that? Even as I clean out my desk, as I take down my pictures and walk into the Snapper office for the last time, I am greatly saddened and can’t help but to cry. I have to smile through my tears at all the great, amazing and fun times we’ve had here in this office and just together as the Snapper in general. I will never forget you, I will never forget my staff, I will carry you all with me, and I’ll carry you in my heart for the rest of my life. 

Through all of this I have to sum up my farewell in the appropriate manner that reeks of me as an individual and that is, “Deuces Millersville!”