One last reflection before moving on

Matt Whalen

matt.1.1Durgin McCue|The Hudsonian

People always say that everything good must come to an end. That is true when it comes to leaving The Hudsonian.

Being a part of the Hudsonian has been an incredible journey that I will never forget and always keep an eye out for in the future.

Starting off in the Hudsonian, I didn’t really think much of it and wasn’t really sure what I was going to get out of it.

I did not realize how much potential the paper had and how much potential that I had myself.

Running the paper was not my first goal when I first joined. I assumed that being Editor-in-Chief would be difficult and I wasn’t really thinking about it.

Getting further into the Hudsonian, I was able to climb the ranks from a staffer, to an Editor, where I finally realized I had the potential as Editor-in-Chief.

Being in charge of a group of students was never the easiest thing. There were a lot of ups and downs, but that is what made it fun and challenging.

I have always been competitive playing sports all my life, so I knew I could handle a challenge and run a student newspaper.

Being the Editor-in-Chief of the school paper has led to many successful things in my journey at Hudson Valley.

Meeting some of the top administrators and being able to make connections is one of the best things that I got out of joining the paper and being involved.

Throughout my time on the paper as Layout Editor and Editor-in-Chief in the past two years, I have been a part of an award winning paper two years running.

I will leave the Hudsonian ranked as the ninth best newspaper at a two-year college in the nation going into the fall 2017 convention.

One thing I want to let students reading this is that there are many more opportunities out there that you probably don’t know of. The only way of finding and achieving those opportunities is getting involved and making the most of everything.

I will truly miss being a part of The Hudsonian and at Hudson Valley. To everyone that has helped me become a successful graduate, I thank you for everything.

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