For the last four years, I’ve been a college student.
Well, that’s what I used to think. You see, I had this whole post idea in my head planned out. I knew what I wanted to say. I knew how I wanted it to go.
But then I wrote that first sentence and realized I wasn’t just a college student; I was a student-journalist.
Those two words made all the difference. The entirety of my post changed.
You see, just as I’m not just a college student, you’re not just a college student. You are what you put into your time at school.
I’m a student-journalist thanks to the time I’ve put into the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication’s newsroom.
I’m a student-journalist thanks to the countless number of people I have met across North Central Florida that allowed for me to share their stories.
I’m a student-journalist thanks to the experiences and projects I have spent hours working on.
But most importantly, I’m a student-journalist because of the passion I have to do all of the above and then some to provide true and honest information for those interest.
You see, what I came here tonight to tell you is that you’re not just a college student. You were not just a college student.
You are a student-engineer.
You are an up-and-coming teacher.
You are an aspiring doctor.
You are whatever you put into your college experience.
And you deserve to own it.
So do so.