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From the Editor

Columns from the editor of The Beacon

Saying goodbye to something good should never be easy, at least that’s the thought process. In actuality, it’s not always as painful as one might think.

There’s a lot to be said about knowing when your time is done, especially in a temporary position, where you know your start and end date. It’s concrete, written in stone, and you have plenty of time to think about it.

“It’s the end… but the moment has been prepared for,” Tom Baker said at the end of his run as the fourth actor to take on the role of The Doctor in the long-running show “Doctor Who.” It’s a very fitting quote, as we, as human beings, like to prepare for the end in some manner. Unscrupulous surprises that can end something good are almost never welcome.

Life itself operates like this in some manner. Everyone knows that everyone dies, but nobody knows when. Still, the possibility is always there, and everyone faces it, so one cannot help but prepare a bit for that possibility.

According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 38.5 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at sometime in their life, and it can happen to almost anyone. It’s a lottery, and tomorrow is not guaranteed.

There is a lot to be said about living life to the fullest, cherishing each moment you have, but in reality, life seems long when you’re young, and the gravity of mortality isn’t there yet unless you encounter some extenuating circumstances.

And not all goodbyes are sad. Some, like the goodbye to the editorship I am saying in this very column, can be happy. They can be satisfactory. They can be proud.

I have served on this paper since Spring 2015, being the staff member who has been on staff the longest, and I’m still going. I’m entering my sixth semester on The Beacon. I have a job in my field. I’ve already started building my professional writing portfolio through freelancing with New England Newspapers, Inc., which owns four local newspapers.

The Beacon has opened doors for me, and I encourage anyone considering a career in journalism to apply for a staff position. You can go far, and become part of a school newspaper traditional that goes back as far as 1933 at the College, since 1979 under the Beacon name.

This paper reports campus news no other publication covers. It uncovers local stories on issues that matter, through real reporting. It’s not an easy job, but few jobs worth taking on are.

It has been a pleasure to be on staff for two and a half years, a pleasure to have been your Editor-in-Chief for Spring 2017, and a pleasure to be still involved come next fall. Now it is time for the wheel to keep spinning, for the next generation to take over. Since I started on staff, I’ve seen a drastic revamp of the coverage, design and online integration of The Beacon with the campus community. We’re ending the semester on a high note, a note that I hope is pushed even higher in the semesters and years to come.

Like I said when I first took on this position, this is your college newspaper. Right from the start.