If you are interested in becoming a writer, photographer, or editor, why not join The Quaker Campus? It amazes me when people who express interest in one of the three shudder at the thought of joining the school newspaper. Yes, I’m biased. Obviously, I love The Quaker Campus; otherwise, I wouldn’t be the Managing Editor. However, I think it is important that I share my reasons why students should join The Quaker Campus, reason being, because I want people to know how much this experience has meant to me.
When I first joined the paper as a freshman, all I knew was that I wanted to write and that the paper was a place where I could experiment with different subjects and figure out what it was I wanted to write. People who show interest in the paper and then leave after one week are usually deterred by the fact that they have to interact with people and actually do work. I’ll admit I wasn’t too thrilled about it either when I started working for the paper. But not only do you get used to it; you also get pretty good at it. And if you’re really considering doing something with your life that includes interacting with others, interviewing skills and teamwork truly look fantastic on your resume.
If you’re an English major like I am, writing and copy editing for the paper really helps you improve as a writer. This may seem like the last thing you want to do with all those essays to write and books to read; but honestly, if it can help your performance in school which in turn would improve your chances of getting into that grad school or finding a job, why not?
This year, half of our staff is graduating, so if you’re a first-year, sophomore, or junior and you’re interested in doing any of the things that I have been talking about, then you should join The Quaker Campus.
The people on our staff are very diverse. (Not just ethnically.) We all come from different walks of life, and somehow we all ended up in this office together. Working with people who are all very different than me has opened my eyes to different ways of seeing the world. I know that the friendships I have built at The Quaker Campus will last a lifetime. There’s something about working long nights that really brings people together.
Working for The Quaker Campus has taught me a lot about myself. More importantly, it has taught me a lot about the college we attend. You see, working for the paper you know things that most students probably don’t know until they read about it … in the paper. Here, you have the opportunity to cover or take photographs for groundbreaking stories. You can give a voice to the voiceless. You can have the power to inform people about what is going on. You can make a difference.
It’s all worth it. My hope is that next year, more people will join the newspaper. We are living in a time where people are trying to make up their own truths, and what we need now more than ever, are journalists and photographers who, in the words of John Oliver, are the “key element in helping us sort out fact from fiction.”
The Quaker Campus isn’t just some club; it’s an organization that can help you start off your career, and it prepares you for a fast-paced work environment. The newspaper is honestly, from my perspective, an organization worth working for. I am glad to have spent all four of my years committed to this paper.
Managing Editor :’)