Farewell to the Mace
When I first started applying to colleges, I swore I would never go to Old Dominion University. Growing up in the area, I wanted to go to UVA or some other fancy school away from home— not the “ole dirty.” Yet, here I am, about to graduate after four happy, life-changing years at ODU. I love my school and the excitingly diverse and growing city of Norfolk. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Over the years, I’ve seen the university from many angles—as a Young Life leader, an academic tutor for ODU athletes, a study abroad student, a commuter, an intramural athlete, an honors student and, of course, a student journalist. I am particularly thankful for the experience I’ve had writing for the Mace and Crown and am honored to have worked as the copy editor over the past semester. It is the best community and family. I am happy to have met every single editorial board member and writer who poured countless hours in crafting creative, informative, newsworthy papers every week. I know they all will go far.
Although I am excited for what is next–a job with a new media-related company in D.C.– I will sincerely miss the ODU campus and the many memories I have made here. I will miss the true diversity of the students, which has opened and expanded my mind and group of friends. I will miss the professors and faculty who have impacted and encouraged me in my pursuit of journalism.
I have watched ODU grow and change for the better over the last few years, and I have no doubt that the Mace and Crown will have many more exciting, ground-shaking headlines in the near future. Thank you to everyone who supported the ODU student newspaper over the years. Keep reading!