As the school year draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect on my experiences as a part of the Willis Hall Herald. It has been two years of interviews, articles, late nights, and final edits. Working on such a small staff has taught me many things, including the important lesson that it is alright to fail at something. It is what you do after a missed deadline or sparse interview that matters the most.
Being on staff has been one huge learning experience, even this year as I am editor in chief. Even if I think I know all there is to know about publication or writing, I learn something that shifts my perspective to be slightly wider. People often think of the newspaper as being rigid or too full of facts to have any creativity or opinion, that is not the case. A large part of the Herald is creative — political cartoons, opinion pieces, and even editorials. Though we are grounded in fact, I have learned that the best issues are compelling past that.
Over these two years, I have covered many stories, from major staff changes to spirit week. I have interviewed Harvard professors, immigration lawyers, and politicians. Though these are very impressive people, what I appreciate most about running these stories is that I help to record pieces of North Cross history. This year, we have covered the ambitious renovations and the Legacy campaign, every school dance, coronavirus, North Cross’ east Asian expansion, and stories of individual students.
To be a part of something with such a stories history is a privilege, one that I am unendingly grateful for. Even with the changes we had this year — construction, faculty coming and going, distance learning — the Herald has been there through it all. I hope that the legacy of this paper continues long after I am gone, and I hope that there will always be students to take on the mantle and write as much as they can on their teachers, their classmates, and their community. The time we spend here may be fleeting, but all that we learn will last us a lifetime, and it would be a disservice not to capture it all.