Wow. I can’t believe it. The time has finally come. I didn’t think writing my final article for RISE would come so soon, but here we are. I’m laying my bed, laptop in my lap, and I’m actually writing this.
Throughout this entire year, I questioned my place as an artist. Was I even meant to be an artist?
The answer is yes. I am meant to be an artist. I am so grateful for this year I spent writing articles. It was definitely a struggle, but I am no stranger to writing. I’ve done it all my life. I was just offered a challenge. Every week I was given the task of writing a new article. It was harder than I thought. I fell behind sometimes, especially when discipline projects came up, or I was in a bad mental state myself.
But I did gain something from RISE. Writing for this newspaper helped me to finally decide on what I want to do with my life. I am going to be a journalist. It was never an easy decision. But writing for RISE (and other websites and blogs) helped me figure it out. I love journalism. It’s my passion.
Another thing I am so grateful for is being able to write for Health/Wellness. As someone who struggles with mental and physical health, it was refreshing to be able to write for others about that sort of thing. I love spreading awareness, and talking about topics most people dread talking about. And I guess that’s why I want to be a journalist so badly. I want to spread awareness, and start conversations that people need to hear.
RISE, I believe in you. I believe in you greatly. With all of my heart, I see such a bright future. MSA needed something like RISE, and we’ve needed it for a very long time. It wasn’t just any school newspaper. It was a way for us to connect. Students, staff, anyone. I hope RISE will last. And I know it will. MSA has always had a sense of unity. Why take that away?
For the juniors becoming seniors, and upcoming juniors, I ask that you continue to promote, write, and read RISE. This is something we cannot afford to lose. We need it.
Even after I graduate from MSA, I will come back to this website and read articles regularly. RISE was built from the ground-up, by students who had a voice. We came together and used that voice.
It’s been an honor to write for RISE. I can’t wait to see where I go.
Have fun next year. I’ll see y’all soon.