Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Julie Szamlewski0
Layout Editor Says Goodbye
Julie Szamlewski, Layout Editor
Here I am with commencement a few short weeks away, and it still hasn’t hit me that I’m truly graduating. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a senior in high school frantically searching for the right college? Everyone always told me that I would “know” which college was best for me, that I would have a gut feeling. I didn’t believe them. None of the schools I looked at were sticking out to me. Until, of course, I visited Lewis. Within a matter of minutes, I had completely fallen in love with this campus.
College truly is the best years of your life, and I like to think that I made the most of them.
Lewis has offered me opportunities that have exceeded my expectations. I’m privileged to say that I was able to go on a 10-day travel study to Rome, Assisi and Florence in Italy. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’ll never forget. I learned about different cultures while making great friendships along the way.
Lewis also offered me job opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I’m proud to say that I have been a student worker in the Marketing and Communications Department for the past two years. Since the very beginning, everyone in the office has been so welcoming, and I’d like to thank them for inviting me into their little family.
Working alongside the best has helped me improve my skills, which in turn has made me a stronger designer. I would like to personally thank Jim Cowan for teaching me all that I know and being my role model throughout my college career. I aspire to be as genuine, kind-hearted and knowledgeable as him one day.
I’ve also dedicated the past two years of my life doing design layout for The Lewis Flyer. I’ve never seen a group of more gifted individuals come together in one place. Between late-night relay races, pogo stick competitions, theme nights and outrageous trips to Minneapolis, I have memories to last a lifetime. I will always be the all time pin the tail on the donkey champion, and that means way more than it probably should to me.
Despite all of our silly nonsense at 4 a.m., we always manage to produce a successful newspaper that I am proud to say I’m a part of. I’d also like to personally thank Lisa O’Toole for believing in my abilities and allowing me the chance to work with such an amazing group of people.
Finally, I would like to thank my family without whom I’d be nothing. Their support over the years has shaped me into the person I am today. They have stood by me through thick and thin, and I love them with all of my heart.
While I’m reluctant to leave, the experiences I’ve received at Lewis have fully prepared me for the real world. I’m excited to be another one of their successful alum (fingers crossed).
Thanks for all of the memories, laughter and life-long friendships.
Graduation is not the end, but a new beginning. And this isn’t goodbye; it’s see you later.