It’s insane to think about this being my last year here at Truman State University. Three years ago, I arrived eager to start classes and get involved and make a trillion new lifelong friends.
Okay, so maybe my expectations were a little high. But really, Truman and the town of Kirksville have served me well these past few years.
On that same note, I’d like to think I’ve done the same for both the University and the town. As I settle into the office for this last year, I’m reminded of my time not only at Truman, but at Truman Media Network. Throughout my time, I hope I’ve impacted not just those who’ve worked with me, but those who have read our paper, visited online and continue to follow TMN each week.
Even today, I hope whoever picks up the paper feels informed and empowered, that they find something that speaks to them, even if it isn’t hard-hitting. I’ve always seen journalism as a service — a service to the community. Here, I’ve come to learn that means not only serving our University, but also the city of Kirksville, where we live three-fourths of the year.
With that in mind, I want to thank everyone who checks in each week for doing so. Thank you for forcing us to do better and to grow as community journalists. Thank you for taking the time to become informed citizens, and thank you for being active citizens.
TMN has become like a family to me, and Barnett Hall much like a home, a home in which I work for others. I could say the same about Kirksville as I live here year-round. And my hope is that everyone at Truman, and within Kirksville, finds their place, whether it be on the playing field, in a classroom, at a library or in the newsroom — like I did.