Thank You, Spectrum

The last article. It seems like everything is coming to an end for me, or at least with the Spectrum newspaper. 

As I look back on my three years at Sacred Heart University, it’s very mind boggling to see what I have accomplished in three short years. 

I transferred here after one semester at Adelphi University and never thought that I would be graduating a semester early, or even continuing my education at Sacred Heart. 

I have enjoyed my time here at Sacred Heart as well as writing for the Spectrum. This student-run newspaper, with the help of Professor Joanne Kabak of course, has not only taught me how to manage my time and meet a deadline but also guide others so that they can be the best writers that they can be. 

I never thought that after taking News Writing and Reporting I would have applied for the assistant editor’s position the semester after taking the class or even be a co-editor this semester. 

As an editor, I taught six students (each semester) how to write about the sports that were happening here at SHU as well as some professional sports here and there. 

This opportunity has helped me not only figure out what I want to do as a career but also realize my passion for writing. Reading, on the other hand, I struggle with. 

I never imagined that I would want to write about sports. When I transferred to SHU, I was caught up in making new friends, passing my classes, and balancing school with playing on the club lacrosse team. 

As someone who doesn’t sleep at night because I worry about my school work and anything else that may be going on in my life at the moment, I know that my time here meant something. That I just didn’t pick a random school to transfer to after hating the one I chose as a backup. 

I can also say that I am thankful to every professor here that I had a chance to take a class from, especially Professor Kabak. This school allowed me to figure out what I wanted to do after graduation and also encouraged me to go to graduate school to obtain my master’s degree in sports communication and media. 

I am also thankful for my parents and for them always understanding that sometimes not everything works out and that is okay. You just have to figure it out eventually and then you will be on the right track again. 

It has been a short three years just 45 minutes away from my childhood home, but it has felt a lot longer than that. And I’m not just saying that because of Covid-19. 

One of my roommates keeps a track of how many days we have left to graduate and I think it is down to about 13 or 14 days. This thought scares me a little because I will be done with my undergraduate degree when those days go down to zero. But after that I start school all over again for another year, with very little time for breaks. 

This thought again scares me because of all of the what if questions I have, just like the ones I had while transferring to SHU back in January of 2019. I’m not going to list out all of the questions I have because one I can’t think of all of them right now, and two I do not want to write out every thought I have concerning graduate school. 

Maybe I will contribute one or two articles covering Sacred Heart sports in the spring; only time will tell. For now, this will be my goodbye to not only the Spectrum newspaper and not only all the amazing people that I got to cross paths with, but also everyone else at SHU.

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