Dear Indiana Statesman,

You have been one of my few rocks in college. A constant. A reminder to keep going and striving for more each and every day. I have made some of the best friends though you and some of my very favorite college memories are because of you.

I never thought that a newspaper could change my life as it has. I came to college confused about what I wanted and now, I am leaving sure that I’ve made the right choice.

Because of you I have stretched my comfort zone, met people who wanted their story told, and made lifelong friends.

Through you, I realized my passion for the truth and telling the truth. I learned how to write journalistically, AP Style, manage people, work on deadlines and positively work with others, even in conflict. I came over my fear of interviewing people because of you, and so much more.

So much of who I am today has come from being a part of you.

I got to go to MSCNE at the University of Georgia of Athens and meet a bunch of other editors from collegiate newspapers across the country. I even still keep in contact with two of the editors I met there, one from the University of Southern Maine and one from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

I have watched one of my reporters grow into an editor and learn how to manage her staff.

I have watched people come and go, seniors graduate and find new homes. I have seen people receive awards for their work from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. I have even got a few awards of my own.

I never thought that I would become a journalist, yet here I am.

I’d like to thank everyone that I have worked with for pushing me to be better, as a person and as a journalist. I owe the Statesman a lot for making me who I am today.

My staff has been an incredible little family that somehow I’m going to have to leave. Nobody says I can’t come back and visit though.

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Statesman, Claire Silcox