By Sarah Graziano
This is the last blog post for the program so I thought this had to be saved for last. A very special note to you, my teammates whom I am well pleased and proud of. Here it goes…
Dear fellow teammates,
First off, I’d like to say how extremely blessed I am to have been surrounded by people that have a passion for journalism like myself. We have all learned many new things that we will bring back to our schools, go off to college, and for life.
One example is how teamwork is an integral part that leads to success. We were not meant to be alone. By being in the company of others and their support, makes all the difference. We all recall the stress these past few days have brought. But how did we all manage to get through it? By staying calm, even at times when it was tough and taking it one step at a time. Whether it was helping a teammate with editing, writing the stories or scripts, no one got the job done alone.
Second, the techniques and new skills we have learned this week. For some, we were exposed to things in a way we have never been before, myself included. We also came across challenges as well, which is normal. These moments make us strive to take the extra leap of faith and go forward. This week pushed all of us to step out of our comfort zone in one way or another. That’s what I find so inspiring – is the way we handled it with grace and did not let our stress and anxiety hold us down.
Lastly, the friendships and connections we made with each other. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to meet all of you, and I sure wish I did. But to those who did, with all my heart I thank you. Your character is what shapes you into the incredible, talented and super special young men and women you are. I am inspired by your energy, contagious spirit, and perseverance to go above and beyond.
We ARE the future of journalism. In the world that we live in today, some people say that our voices don’t matter because we’re “too young” or “don’t understand.” No, it’s our job to represent our generation and let our voices be heard. I believe that we all will go far in life, whether it be within the major or what ever we end up doing. I love you all very much and I’m so proud of all we accomplished this week. Here’s to a bright future and many more amazing opportunities coming our way.
Love, your teammate,