Monday, May 23, 2011

Chapter 2 closed

Walking into Cal State Northridge just two summers ago I didn't know what to expect. I had finally made it to a place in which my dreams were suppose to blossom and grow, well they did.

The end to receiving my B.A. at CSUN is tomorrow, I just can't believe it is finally here. Some of you know it has taken while for me to get here.

I have always loved school and every chance I got I was there, summer, winter and regular session. Heading into college and a single mom I didn't think I get this far. I had to take on two, sometimes three, jobs while taking very few classes in order to be there for my child.

With the support from my family, especially my mom and dad, I had full support of receiving my higher education and still while working I was able to start taking a full-time role in school.

My time at East Los Angeles Community College change my life for the better. My advisor added a mass communication class on my schedule and while taking it I fell in love with what the news offered.

Jean Stapleton, the ELAC Campus news publisher, was the teacher and she soon pushed me to be on staff. Shortly after taking the first news paper class I became sports editor and my journey as writer came together.

I was about to finish school satisfied with only my AA, but my advisor once again, said "You are almost done and I'm putting you down as a transfer student" so here I was starting my second chapter of my life finding a four-year college to go to.

CSUN admitted me and I began my journalism career. My first semester was a breeze and by spring of 2010 I was on staff as a sports writer and interning with Fox Sports West as a production assistant. My writing only became better with the help of Melissa Lalum and my editor Gilberto Manzano.

The time I had in the newsroom at CSUN was crazy, exciting, professional, fun, exhausting and overall awesome. In the newsroom I met some inspirational people, who I will hold close to my heart always and forever. They were there for me as I was there for them, supporting each other through classes and life's everyday drama.

These last 16 weeks I met more people outside the newsroom that have touched my life in a certain way or another, to my beat the CSUN women's water polo team (which I did not know anything about), CSUN basketball team that had a good season and some skilled players to watch and meet, the media relations department (Bob V. and our weekly visits to talk about life and sports) to those in my classes that were nice and made my classes more enjoyable.

I went through CSUN as a student, staff writer, assistant sports editor to sports editor. This journey of two years has come to an end and quickly. I can go on, but I will end it here.

I now will shut the pages to this chapter of my life in order to start a new one after tomorrow.

With that to be continued...


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