COLUMN: My final goodbye


In February of 2021, I began my career here at Central Michigan Life as a photographer. In my time here I have had to say many goodbyes to colleagues as they are graduating or as we part ways for semester breaks.

However, this will be my final goodbye. As I say this final goodbye as a student at CMU, I can say I am truly proud of what I have done as both a photographer and an editor. This place has changed my life and given me so many opportunities.

As I walk across the stage on May 6, I will look back on the last five semesters and know that I have truly done my part to make an impact on this campus. These last five semesters have taught me so much about what it is like to be a journalist, through seeing my colleagues do their part to make the campus a better place and being able to see young photojournalists grow into incredible storytellers. 

The people I’ve met here have changed my life. I can easily say that the people I have met at CM Life are people I hope to stay in touch with for the rest of my life. I will forever cherish the friendships I have made here and the experiences it has given me. 

I want to thank everyone I have interacted with and met during my time here. 

I would especially like to thank Aurora Rae Abraham, who gave me the chance to join CM Life and served as my first editor.

To Layla Blahnik-Thoune, who allowed me to grow and helped me learn to be the best mentor and editor I can be. 

Finally, Regan Foster who, despite only beginning at CM Life this school year, has turned into one of my biggest mentors and cheerleaders during my time at CMU.

Thank you, finally, to the readers who allow us to keep going and show our skills as student journalists. I would have never been able to do this without the support that you give us. 

Goodbye to everyone at CM Life, I can’t wait to see how you change the world with your journalism work.