Chattering roamed on through the room and trailed out the hallway.
As I walked up to the door I took a deep breath and walked into the room. Waiting there was a room full of journalists sitting at small, lined-up desks.
These weren’t just any journalists, but The South Texan journalists, the ones I looked up to from the moment they introduced themselves.
Three years ago, on a Monday afternoon, was my very first South Texan meeting for a chance to write for the paper.
Never in my life did I think I would have the opportunity to work for the university newspaper.
I always thought it was only for the really talented journalists, not a newbie.
I received my first story for the opening of the women’s center here in Kingsville. After getting my interviews, I sat at my computer writing and rewriting over a hundred times as my sister, who had already written for the paper, went over it with me.
My parents even went over the story and fixed things, and no they aren’t journalists, but it helped.
Before I knew it, my story was printed in the paper that week. It was a feeling I’ll never forget of pure joy to see my name in the newspaper with my story, no one else’s.
From that moment on, my journalism career began. I have been a part of The South Texan newspaper for three years and I have loved every single moment of it.
Sure, there have been ups and downs, but I don’t regret one single bit of the journey.
My career as a journalist wouldn’t be the same without the people I have learned from in my time here, my advisors, Don Fisher and Dr. Manuel Flores. Without the yelling and lessons from my advisors I would not be where I am today.
I would also like to thank my editors: JJ Adams, Fares Sabawi, and Frank Garza, who took me onto their staff and taught me all of the ropes of not only being a reporter but an editor. As I get ready to take my finals, I look at not only the fact that I have finished my time here at TAMUK, but my time with my family, The South Texan.
I will miss you all very much. I hope to see you journalists in the near future, covering that breaking news story.