On Oct. 3, 2013, I began a job that I could never have anticipated for myself. I became a news reporter for The Richmond County Daily Journal.
As I have said before in other columns, I went to law school. My plan was, and still is, to be an attorney, but that plan took a turn when the bills started coming in and I needed a way to make and save money.
The editor here at the paper decided to give me a chance despite the fact that I had no background in journalism, and I’m very grateful that he did.
Throughout my time here, I have learned so much about this county and the people here. I have also learned that it is a place that I want to invest my time into even after I leave the paper.
For those of you who don’t know by now, today is my last day here at The Daily Journal. I have had a wonderful time working here, and I have learned a lot about myself and what I want out of my career.
This paper has been good to me in many ways. This job has blessed me with the time I needed to really think about my next step in life. I now have the courage to take that step thanks to the amazing support not only from the staff here, but also from the residents here in the county.
I’m going to miss the daily interactions that I have had with the public. I’m going to miss learning about the everyday residents here that have done extraordinary things, and I will miss the creative side that this job has brought out in me. It is a side of me that I forgot I even had. It was so refreshing to see it resurrected as I painted and updated the “Letters to Santa” mailbox and as I drew my first cartoon for the paper.
Despite my lack of experience, I hope I have contributed to this paper in a positive way. There have definitely been some bumps along the way, but I hope that I have helped improve the way some people view this paper. I haven’t always gotten things right, but I have definitely given it my best and I hope that showed.
As for my future, I’ll definitely be around town. I would stay longer in this position, but I feel it is time for me to move on and finally start out my career as an attorney. Who knows where I will end up in a few years time, but I’m excited to find out where my path actually leads.
One thing is for sure, this is my home. I have always, and will always, want what is best for it no matter where I am.