The first thing I ever did on MSU’s campus was apply to the Exponent — I applied before classes had even begun. I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, or what classes I wanted to take, but I knew I wanted to write for the Exponent. Four years later I’m finishing up my second year as the editor-in-chief and my third year as part of the editorial team.
Working at the Exponent has allowed me to be a small part of a huge legacy. The Exponent has been around since 1895, and it is a vital asset to our campus and community. To be able to contribute to the newspaper has been an honor and a privilege that I don’t take lightly.
It’s hard to put my Exponent experience into words because it has taught me more than I ever expected. I’ve dealt with the good, the bad and the ugly and it has provided me with countless learning experiences that I could not have found in the classroom. I’ve learned invaluable skills that I will undoubtedly utilize in my career, and I will be forever thankful for this opportunity.
But, what I am most thankful for is the people I’ve been able to work with. I am continuously flabbergasted by the talent, dedication and motivation of the Exponent staff. I feel so fortunate to have worked with such incredible individuals the past four years.
To everyone who has been a part of the Exponent, thank you. And to the editorial team, thank you for making this year absolutely unforgettable. Chris, your humor and stories will never fail to entertain me. Rolf, whether it’s a cynical comment about life or a pop culture reference, you’re always teaching me something. Dave, your love for irregular shapes and wood chocolate astounds me, and I hope you remain passionate about both in the coming years. Valerie, thanks for putting up with the liberals in the room, and your patience during screen edits is always appreciated. Kira, the Exponent would be lost without your contributions, but don’t forget that you still have to show us the onesie video. Julia, your sass will serve you well as next year’s managing editor, I know you’ll be fantastic. And Logan, thank you for being my partner in crime these past three years, I know you’re going to be a terrific editor-in-chief. I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish.
Peter Fox, thank you for being a trusted and helpful advisor these past four years, I would be lost without your guidance. Matt Caires, Marianne Brough, Maria McKinney, Eric Dietrich and Jim Rickman, thank you for your endless support and advice.
Former editors Nicki Duggan and Cassia Wagner, thank you for encouraging me to pursue higher positions within the Exponent, I wouldn’t be here without your guidance.
And to the readers, thank you.