Last day!

It’s official.

Tonight is, sadly, our last night in the Stony Brook Newsroom. We’ve been working our hardest all day to make sure we finished all of our stories by our deadline tonight, and we’re all extremely proud of what we’ve created in the past 72 hours. When I finished editing my video, I couldn’t stop smiling for about two hours. Finishing all my work felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders, as cliche as that sounds.

This has been both the longest and shortest week of my entire life. I still can’t believe that only five days ago I didn’t know most names of the people sitting around me in this newsroom right now.

I’m very conflicted about the end of camp. On one hand, I do miss home and sleeping in my own bed, taking hot showers, and typing away on my laptop will feel really nice. On the other hand, I feel like my house is going to feel so empty without my suitemates. I feel like I’m going to wake up, ready to head into the newsroom and work all day, and suddenly realize that I have nothing to do.

I’m going to miss the newsroom. I’m going to miss the campus. I’m going to miss my dorm. I’m even going to miss the food.

(The wraps and milkshakes were pretty good.)

Most of all, I’m going to miss seeing my friends everyday. Of course, we’ll all stay in touch, and we’ve already made plans to see each other later in the summer, but not being able to see them all day and make inside jokes is going to be sad.

This camp has been such an amazing experience. I learned about journalism than I ever had in school. It was stressful and exhausting and seemed impossible, but we made it work. We finished our stories and I’m honestly so proud of what my fellow journalists and I have accomplished.

To our mentors: Thank you for teaching us. This week has been nothing like anything I’ve ever experienced.

To my friends: I said this during lunch today when we went around to talk about our favorite parts of camp, and I’m going to say it again: It was really hard to remember your names at orientation, and now, it’s going to be really hard to forget them.

From the Greene Team, this is Casey McShea, signing off.