What newspaper means to me

Early grad reflects on time at The Hawk Eye


Photo by Ulfa Fassy

The staff poses for its picture at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

To put it simply, high school is not my thing. I don’t have many friends here, I don’t go to all the school events, like football games or prom, and I’m not involved in many clubs or activities. During my sophomore year, my life dramatically shifted. I lost a lot of friends, I got a job and my social life became virtually nonexistent. I didn’t do much of anything, and I felt lost. But then, I joined newspaper.

I’ve always loved to write; however, until I joined newspaper I had only written for myself, and I would have rather died than put my writing out for the world to see. Being in newspaper taught me not only how to write better, but also taught me to be proud of my work and to be confident enough to publish it. The staff and Mr. Jones have encouraged me to be the best writer I could be, and to pursue stories that interested me. If it weren’t for everyone I’ve met and the editors that have driven me to accomplish my goals, I have no idea where I’d be today.

They’ve taught me how to be stronger and to actively pursue things I’m passionate about. I can say that I wouldn’t be in the position I am now, graduating early and starting my own blog and podcast, without their help and influence on my life.

Newspaper is more than writing and taking photos. It’s about learning how to communicate and taking responsibility for a cause bigger than yourself. I’ve learned so much from this publication. It’s changed my high school experience as well as my plan for my life. Before joining staff, I had no clue what I wanted to do in life. I didn’t have very many passions, and the ones I did have were more like hobbies, which I couldn’t turn into a career. Now, I’m a marketing director for a start-up church, and I’m in charge of social media, interviews and photography: all things I learned by working for the publication.

I’m so glad I’ve gotten to be part of the staff and an editor for The Hawk Eye. I’ve made my best friends here, and I’ve learned some of my biggest life lessons while on staff. While I’m excited to graduate early and start my new life in Downtown Dallas, I’m going to miss everyone here, and I’m going to miss this chapter of my life.

However far away I end up moving, The Hawk Eye will always be close to my heart. I will forever appreciate the lessons and knowledge I’ve gained here, and I will always cherish the memories and the impact the publication has had on me and who I am as a person.