Graduating editor in chief’s ode to time on Loquitur

By Kaitlin Barr
April 24, 2008

When I first came to Cabrini I never would have expected how my life would be by the time I was going to graduate. Meeting with Dr. Zurek, also known as “JZ” and him telling me I was going to have to write for the school newspaper all year was not something I was too happy about. Actually, I absolutely hated the idea. I wanted to enjoy my time and not have to worry about deadlines and stressing out. I was turning 21 soon anyway so I was looking forward to going to the bars.

Walking into the newsroom for the first time was unbelievably overwhelming. Everyone seemed to know each other, the editors and the adviser, and there I was not knowing a soul. Throughout the first semester, I started to love everything about writing. I loved interviewing, finding stories, taking pictures; everything that went into journalism I seemed to enjoy.

All my hard work paid off I guess and I was named editor in chief. Out of 14 editors, I was the only senior. At first I thought it would be awful working with people so much younger than me, because I was old for my grade, but as time went on, age never even entered my mind.

Every week, people read the paper and see the bylines but don’t know the personalities or the faces of the writers. If you could know all the girls that were on my editorial staff this year, you would fall in love with them as I have.

Each and every one is different in a wonderful way. Although personalities clashed a little at some points, overall we worked together as an amazing team. I know that in the future I may not talk to some as much as others, but I appreciate every single thing each has given me. I’ve learned more than I thought I would about each personality and will take a lot of it with me for the rest of my life.

Even through all the long, and I mean long, nights spent finishing up the paper in the newsroom, the fun and the friendships that have come out of it all outweigh all the stress and drama.

To my editorial staff, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m truly blessed to have met each and every one of you and I can’t wait to hear what amazing things you will continue to do throughout your last year at Cabrini as well as after graduation.

Nicole, thanks so much for helping me get through this year, I don’t know what I would have done without you. Grayce and Ash you two always made me laugh and that is so wonderful to me. Jess, I absolutely adore you; woof. Jill, thanks for listening to me and never being too busy to talk. Jamie, Di, Kasers, Katie, Liz, Meg and Vickie, you guys are just so great.

I could never thank you enough, JZ. You have been nothing but amazing to all of us and we could never ask for anything more.

I’ve put my heart into the paper this year and I think it’s turned out great. I’m excited to see next year’s because I’m sure they’re going to do amazing as well.

As for me, I have no idea what I’m doing after graduation. I’m going to try and take a small break and enjoy my wonderful life with my beautiful daughter and my best friend in the world, Bud.

Welp, see ya later.

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