By Drew Modjeski
I never thought I would join the Torch. Throughout my educational career, I was never the one to get involved in academic after school activities. They always seemed boring to me, and I thought I had better things to do with my time. Boy was I wrong.
Joining the Torch was the best decision I made in my collegiate career. It has made me a better writer, editor, co-worker and person in general. I would never be set up to succeed in a career in journalism. The only reason my two years at Roosevelt were worth it was because I joined the Torch.
So as I prepare to walk across the Auditorium stage on May 10, I want to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you to everyone that took the time to read our paper. Thank you to everyone that gave me feedback on how to be a better reporter and editor. Lastly, thank you to everyone I worked with. It was a pleasure.
Editor in Chief
As the semester winds down and graduation gets closer and closer, I have begun to realize what the Torch really means to me. Initially, I was hesitant about joining a paper after being told, “You aren’t going to achieve much” from a professor at my old university. It destroyed confidence as a writer and quite frankly, destroyed my hope for the future.
But I’m writing this as the editor in chief of the Torch. I will also be starting a new career in an editorial position right after I graduate. Safe to say, I’ve proved them wrong. However, I don’t think I’d be this fortunate if I didn’t join the Torch.
With the Torch, I have gained so much to add to my portfolio. I’ve gotten to know the school on a more intimate level. When I first joined, I was absolutely clueless about journalism, about the paper and about Chicago. I was just some kid from the middle of nowhere Missouri. With the Torch, I feel I really am in the middle of it. I have spent three years with this paper now.
I have enjoyed spending time with my co-editors, writing staff and our advisor, Billy Montgomery. I’m excited to see what happens to our paper next year. I think all the credit goes to our writing staff. This is the first time in a long we’ve had such a large staff. For the first time in a long time, we’ve had so much content that we’ve had to have online exclusive.
I also want to thank all the professors I’ve had here. I admit, I’m not the best student ever, but I have never dreaded coming to class. I want to thank Linda Jones, John Fountain, Anne-Marie Cusac, David Weissman, Chris Chulos, Margaret Rung and Billy Montgomery in particular. I truly think without their knowledge and experience, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today.