Twas the night before election night…

I won’t be the one to lecture you about which candidate to vote for. At this point in the game, you know exactly who you’re voting for, or whether you’re deciding to vote at all. I know our voting system … Continue reading

Revisiting who I am, and why I’m blogging

I decided to enroll in two free, online blogging courses in hopes of some inspiration and motivation to blog again. I didn’t pick the best timing since I got a new apartment in January and haven’t figured out WiFi yet…but, I figured I’d still take a shot at it. The first topic is to introduce myself to the world. I have been blogging for about two years, so this isn’t my first introduction on my blog, but rather me revisiting who I am and why I decided to blog in the first place.

I’ve changed a lot since I started this blog. Prior to starting this blog, I only used Tumblr, and though I wanted to write and share my thoughts with the online world, it was intimidating at first. I was a very shy person and didn’t know how to express myself. Though I always loved writing, it wasn’t until I found out I would be studying abroad in Barcelona for the summer before my senior year of college that I started this blog. I wanted to document the experiences before and during my trip. I wanted to also share my opinions and ideas with others. Being abroad opened my mind to many new ideas and cultures and I loved having a place to share my thoughts, as well as my many photographs! Continue reading

A summer in Staten Island

After graduating from Wagner College on May 23, I was back two weeks later to spend my summer in Staten Island. Throughout my final weeks in college, I was constantly worrying what my plan was once I graduated. At the time of graduation, I had two possibilities: work for the Fresh Air Fund, or work at the Staten Island Advance, the local newspaper. I actually came back to Staten Island early so that I could interview for the position at the Advance. The position was relatively new, and they had recently divided into two sections: web/content and print/design. They needed an intern to learn the new system and help out with designing news pages. The position came natural to me, since I was used to designing my school newspaper, The Wagnerian.

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The hardest article I ever had to write

As the Co-Editor of my school newspaper, the Wagnerian, I have dealt with many difficult situations. We have to keep on top of deadlines, make sure our editors and writers are doing their share, cover tragedies like Superstorm Sandy, question how to accurately cover controversial topics, make sure there is no bias, and the list goes on and on and on. Big things happen, even on a small campus like Wagner’s, and we find ways to cover them accurately.

But, no story can ever compare to the one I had to write this past week. No tragedy on campus was bigger or more difficult to cover than this one. Never have I ever had such an emotional reaction to what I had to write this past week. But, never have I ever been so proud of the work my staff and I did this past week. Continue reading