I would like all those who are reading this to take a brief moment to appreciate my well-crafted “Gilmore Girls” title because it will probably be the best thing about this send-off, and I am truly okay with that.
With that established, hey! In case you all are confused, my name is Brianna Holcomb, and usually my name is just in the byline or masthead because I am one of the Arts and Entertainment editors. Fun fact: the other editor is named Brianna too.
Prior to becoming editor I was a writer, and the most interaction I had with The Chronicle involved me sending emails back and forth to the A&E editor. My articles were of random events that no one really wanted to do.
When I started writing for the paper, it was not my intention to become the A&E editor; in fact, I had no interest in it at all, but in the second semester of my sophomore year I was the new A&E editor. To say I had absolutely no idea what I was doing is an understatement.
Regardless of being completely lost and having to stay in a room full of crazy people until almost 2 a.m. every Monday night, I continued to be editor.
The Chronicle taught me a lot about writing outside of my comfort zone and gave me a whole new perspective into the world of journalism.
Walking into the office as a public relations major I was completely unsure as to how I would fit into a room full of journalists.
Despite the uneasy feeling, everyone on the staff was more than welcoming and made sure I was taking part in the crazy.
One of my favorite things from my section was the amazing three-part article series we had on the “Gilmore Girls” (shoutout to Amanda).
By the way, if you haven’t read any of those articles, we highly suggest you do. Honestly you don’t even need to finish this senior send off; just go read those.
To Brianna Ciniglio: I cannot thank you enough for agreeing to be my assistant editor and then co-editor. I was a complete mess before you arrived.
Without you I think I would have gone insane. I know I am always all over the place, I talk really fast and I suck at copy editing, but I promise my goal was not to annoy you, I just really suck at all of those things.
To Rob Dolen: We leave the legacy of the A&E section in your hands, and I know you will take great care of it.
Just remember to laugh and try not to stress out too much. Everything always works out in the end. Plus you can always ask for an ad.
I could not acknowledge my time here at Hofstra and my personal growth without bringing up the world’s greatest organization (sorry Chronicle), the Black Student Union.
Our e-board is beyond amazing, and I would not have been able to accomplish so much without them.
You guys challenged me and forced me to step into a role I was not sure I could do and without out you all, I probably would not have been able to do it.
Most importantly, thank you to Nandee Mignon for backing me up through every hurdle Hofstra threw at us. It has not been easy but nothing worth having ever is.
Both BSU and The Chronicle will always hold special places in my heart and I hope both organizations continue to flourish well past May 21, 2017.