When I was seven years old, I wanted to be a prima ballerina and a writer like Harriet the Spy. Ballet classes were too expensive, but my dad managed to get me a purple diary with a fuchsia-colored tiger on the front. I was tied to that diary. I would literally carry it everywhere, from the school playground to the empty space under the house stairs. Writing became my passage—an escape—to my unfathomable realm of fantasy and imagination.
Over time I learned that writing was more than just a pastime. It had purpose. I could narrate, describe, persuade, teach, inspire—and most importantly inform. By twelve I knew I wanted to be a journalist. Fast-ward a decade, I never got to be a ballerina, but I can proudly say that I’ve had the honor of serving the San Francisco Foghorn as staff writer and news editor for the past two years.
After experiencing first-hand the business of college newsprint, it feels like I’ve seen everything that could possible go wrong on a tight deadline and lack of sleep. From incorrect bylines and misspelled names, to complaints of misconstrued quotes, or simply hearing angry criticism from people who were displeased because the story didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Every week it seemed like when something new couldn’t go wrong—it did. But we’ve taken steps to apologize, fix it, and move on. After all, this is a learning experience for us at the Foghorn. I’d rather learn from my mistakes here than take my chances in the real world.
To our wonderful Foghorn supporters, you make all the madness worthwhile. Nothing has pleased me more than to walk by seeing you read the paper over coffee or hand it to a friend. Or, when you walk into the office asking for the latest issue even though stacks are posted all around campus. Your interest in the paper has made this job so gratifying and fulfilling. And if you’re reading this by the way, encourage others to do the same. This is where your activity fee goes (and Senate, I don’t agree with your raised stipends—there I said it).
Our motto is freedom and fairness, and we do our best to do just that. We work hard, maybe annoy some people along the way, but in the end we deliver a college paper with qualitative and interesting content. To my Foghorn staff, I’ve had great times bending over backwards with you to make the paper happen every week. I’ll miss you! (tear).
Although I’m leaving the Foghorn to end my undergraduate career at USF, I’ll be moving on into the School of Education’s graduate program to fulfill (my other) passion for teaching. In the future, I intend to reserve my summer vacations to pursue freelance journalism. So Harriet the Spy—you have nothing on me. Journalism or teaching, I’m all for any profession that educates others to make a difference in the world.
Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief copy-editor: Natalie Cappetta
News Editor: Ericka Montes