My journey at Sinclair Community College has seen its share of mountains, and because of one enjoyable climb I have become who I am today.
With the final edition of the Clarion on stands, my time at Sinclair is nearly finished. After spending the last two years of my life with the Clarion, I can’t help but get a little emotional.
I’ve met some unbelievable people, interviewed hundreds related to the college, covered various departments and made friendships along the way. I’ve become more connected to Sinclair than I ever thought possible.
There is no doubt I’m going to miss Sinclair’s attractive features — Suzie’s wraps, for example — but there are a few aspects to my personal experience that I’m forever grateful.
Sandy Hilt, the Clarion advisor and Journalism instructor, has truly helped mold me, not only into a better journalist, but a better person. Sandy’s continued devotion to the Clarion’s progression makes every staff member feel as though they are part of something important to the college.
Without her, the Clarion wouldn’t be the learning lab it truly represents.
The Clarion staff has made this year unforgettable. We’ve had our laughs, arguments, jokes, frustrations and pizza parties, but I’ll always remember everybody for helping me become a polished journalist.
News Editor Samuel Huist’s on-the-job dedication has pushed me to strive for improvement and Online Editor Meagan Ewton’s journalistic persistence has helped me realize that there are always two sides to every story. Without Samuel and Meagan, I couldn’t have survived the year.
I’m extremely grateful for spending the previous 12 months working with both Samuel and Meagan, and I know the two of them will be highly successful in their next endeavors.
Senior Graphic Designer Heather Stamm is the Robin to my Batman. Heather’s talent and patience made her a pleasure to work with. She logged quite a bit of long hours at Sinclair while she worked on the layout and I can’t thank her enough for making the Clarion look amazing every week. Assistant Graphic Designer Alexander Linton has loads of talent and a knack for page layouts. I have 100 percent confidence that Alex will carry on Heather’s performance into the next academic year.
Distribution Coordinator Syed Ahmed worked his butt off this year to get the papers to the stands around campus. Staff Writer Zach Gregory was a pleasure to work with (even though he’s a University of Michigan fan).
News Editor Georgia Howard came on to the staff toward the end of the year and her enthusiasm is going to help her become a wonderful journalist and a fine piece to next year’s staff.
Even with the end of my Sinclair career coming to a close without a degree, I feel as though I’m graduating from the Clarion. And with all that I’ve gained over the previous two years at the paper, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything.