Once upon a time, there was a little girl who had always dreamed of being a journalist for as long as she could remember.
Winter Semester 2014, that dream became a reality when her first article was published in the BYU-Idaho Scroll.
You probably guessed it — that little girl was me.
Since my first semester at BYU-I, I have dedicated basically every waking moment to working for this organization and, after six semesters, it pains me to leave.
But I know it’s time. As much as I love the Scroll and I~Comm, it’s time for me to spread my wings and fly away.
OK, that was super cheesy, but really. My time with the Scroll has ended, and I’m don’t know how I feel about it.
On the one hand, I’ve given three years of my life to this organization, and it makes me really sad to not click that little registration box for COMM397R for spring semester. But, on the other hand, I feel as if I’ve learned everything I possible could from working here.
I have held multiple positions on Scroll, most recent being senior reporter.
I’ve pioneered three positions and helped shape the new daily content model for the BYU-I Scroll website, byuiscroll.org.
I’ve been so completely involved in the Scroll that I wasn’t 100 percent sure what it was like to have friends outside of the Jacob Spori Building until I joined Student Support this semester..
Every once in a while, I’ll sit down with my faculty adviser, Brother Lane Williams, to discuss my game plan for college and for the rest of my life.
About a week ago, he sat me down and told me it’s time. Time to take a break — from Scroll, from BYU-I, basically from my whole life at school.
That was something I really needed to hear from a real-world grown-up, not just my sister or my mom.
I have come to the conclusion that, as much as I love BYU-I, I~Comm, Student Support, my bishopric and my roommates, it’s time for me to pull back on the reigns and spend spring semester (my off-track) at home.
In the upcoming months, I plan to prepare to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and solidify my game plan for the next few years.
I~Comm is full of wonderful, talented students and faculty members. I have felt personally honored to know and learn from Brothers John Thompson and Lane Williams, Sisters Emmilie Whitlock and Melissa Bair, and so many more.
These professors have taught me more than I could have ever imagined when I walked into that lecture hall in the Spori Building for the first time on the second day of my first semester.
I will be eternally grateful for everything they have taught me and for the opportunity I have had to work for such a strong, inspired program.
Scroll was founded in 1905 as the Student Rays newspaper for Bannock Stake Academy and, for the past three years, I have felt honored to participate in one of the oldest, most historic organizations on campus.
Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to write, photograph or copy edit for Scroll for at least one semester. You will gain experience in an extremely coveted area that you won’t ever regret.
As Brother Thompson will tell you on a continual basis, the one thing employers tell professors is that they’re looking for graduates who can write because no one knows how to write anymore.
On that note, I must say goodbye. It’s been real, Scroll. See you later. *insert peace sign emoji here.*