Positive outlook for the Chronicle

Alec Kasper-OlsonWhen the semester starts slowing down and the workload becomes less and less, I always take a bit of time to regroup and think about how far I’ve come. This year was unlike any other. Truly.

At the very end of last spring semester, I buckled down and made myself walk through the noisy office door, and write for the Chronicle. I knew that I wanted to write, I was–and still am–passionate about writing, and I felt that if anything was going to give me the skill set to begin moving forward in this industry, it was the Chronicle. And, I believe I was right.

Lately I’ve been going through the hundreds of print copies of the Chronicle that we have filed away in the office, reading about the number of events and stories that have been covered and uncovered over the years. And then, as I’m moving through them, I see my byline on A1.

It’s surreal, in some sense, to see my name there. It’s a bit unreal to think about everything in retrospect, because, to be honest, I—and perhaps a few others—wouldn’t have thought of me as a reporter, or a writer for that matter, of any kind.

I’m truly honored to have served the University Chronicle this long, in the positions that I’ve held. It’s been an incredible amount of work, especially Sundays—anybody who’s been here on Sunday for layout will know—but I’ve never felt so connected, so a part of something, than I have at the University Chronicle.

It has its days, naturally, everywhere does. But I do know that it’s different than anywhere else I’ve been, because I’ve never felt so naturally wired and locked into, something that I’m geared for it from sun up, to sun down. It seems fitting for me to be here.

Plus, when I come through the door, it’s wonderful to be surrounded by people I like and people that support me, people that have the same goals and are hitting the grind hard, striving so readily to learn and practice the trade.

There have been few things in my life that I would consider to have been as constructive and undoubtedly positive in my life, and to be able to add another one of those experiences to my life, I consider myself incredibly fortunate.

I’ll say it now, and I’m certain it won’t be the last time, but I’m honored to have served the University Chronicle this far, and now, becoming the editor-in-chief, I cannot wait to for what this coming year has in store.

I have a sound feeling that the Chronicle will gain more traction and reach farther than it is has in the past, and I will strongly attribute that to the core staff that have served the paper this year. I’ve seen very few people work harder and more diligently in all my life, and I can honestly say it’s contagious. I look forward to working with this resolute staff of editors and writers next year—hopefully after college, too—to help drive this paper to heights it’s never seen.

I think we can do it. I know we’ll need help along the way, and I know it’ll be tough, but I believe, honestly, that we can do it.

I’d like to thank our all of our staff here at the Chronicle for the continuous support, along with all of the folks working in the Mass Communication Department for the feedback on our paper, and for the work and time that you dedicate to students.

I’ll see you next year.

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