Saying goodbye to the Torch

by Evi Arthur / Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Reynaldo Rivera on Unsplash.

Today I say goodbye to the best job I’ve ever had. 

I don’t mean to sound so melodramatic. When I joined the Torch three years ago as a rookie reporter —  in the Gage building in an office with no windows — I never thought I would come to love this dinky little paper so much. At that first meeting, the thought of reporting was such a daunting task that it scared me down to my converse. I was most likely the youngest person in the room full of strangers, but I felt like I was supposed to be there. 

Now, after three years on staff — one as a reporter and two as an editor — I am so happy that I stuck with it and didn’t chicken out like I so badly wanted to. Through this job I have met so many amazing people, learned so much, and I have been able to grow into a real journalist. 

And now it’s time to graduate and move on. 

I have loved every minute of working here. From fixing the exact same punctuation mistakes for two years straight to the days spent in my winter coat and gloves because the office heater wasn’t working. Even on the production days that never seemed to end — exhausted and starving waiting to finalize the document we spent seven hours perfecting — I adored my job. 

I want to say thank you to Professor Billy Montgomery for teaching me so much in and out of class. Thank you for being such a great advisor and for putting up with our shenanigans for so long (no meetings this year!). 

I want to thank the editors for being such fantastic leaders, writers, editors and friends. Watching all my little “journalism babies” grow up and learn their way around has been so much fun. I am certain that you will all go out into the world and make something of yourselves (not that you haven’t already). You guys were responsible for the great improvements made to the paper this year — your dedication and determination. Thank you for all of your hard work and your unwillingness to back down from arguments about the oxford comma. 

Thank you to the reporters who were always onto the next story, always hungry for more. I hope I’ve taught you something in the past few years. 

This has been such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow and become better. I’ve always believed that the best way to learn is through mistakes, and I can confidently say now — after years of making countless embarrassing mistakes — that I have learned so much. Every story I reported on, edited or laid out I learned from. 

I don’t know what my life will look like now that I won’t be holed up in the Torch office joking around or in my apartment constantly flipping through the AP Stylebook. 

But, no matter what my life looks like or what comes after this, I know I will always be grateful for this dinky little paper and all that it has given me. 

For the last time, 

Evi Arthur 


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