Farewell Letter from the Arts and Life Editor


Photo by Rut Ortiz

Making the most of your college experience makes the end goal sweeter.

Hailey G. Boyle, Arts and Life Editor

This is my last issue as the Arts and Life Editor for the Independent. Wow, that was hard to type, but it’s true. I’ve finally graduated college and I have a degree, but in all honesty, the thing I’m most proud of is my time at the Independent.

For two years, the Indie has been my home. I honestly learned more in that office than I did in the classroom. Not just how to write an article or edit content, but about myself and how to interact with others.

Mind you, it was one of the most stressful times, especially when senioritis kicked in, but it was worth it. The skills I learned will help me, whether I go into journalism or not. I know how to work on a team to create a final product. I know how to lead that team.

I know when to admit my limits and trust others. I learned how to let go and trust myself. And as cliché as it sounds, I’ve made lifelong friends who I will never forget. Even if we are only on a Christmas card basis in the future, they are my truest and deepest friends now.

The point of college isn’t just to show up to class, buy an expensive book, take an exam and then leave.

What makes college so special is the opportunity to meet people who like the same things you do and do something together.

There is so much relief and pride when a new issue hits the stands, because we all worked so hard behind the scenes. We stress together over the pictures and the headlines and when it all comes together, it makes everything worthwhile.

But I’m not here to convince you to join the Independent (although, it couldn’t hurt). I’m here to tell you to take advantage of your college experience. You have control over what classes you take or what club you join.

Every club and organization offers the opportunities to learn the skills I mentioned above.  They’re not just unique to the Independent.

It could be planning bake sales or a blood drive, but you are working with friends who all have a common goal. You’re working to create a better experience, not just for other students, but yourself.

Don’t see a club you like? Make one. It’s so easy. Seriously. Try it.

College is a great way to practice for the real world and there is no better opportunity than a club. I will miss the Indie. I actually will miss staying in late, trying to get the issue in on time.

I will miss our office antics and yes, Brett, I will even miss your smug attitude, because (and I would never admit this out loud) you are pretty much always right. Like always.

Good luck to everyone next semester! You’re going to need it!

Hailey G. Boyle