A lot of things start with someone giving you a chance.
And a lot of people forget who gave them a chance.
Four years ago, a bright-eyed and inexperienced me desperately wanted to write for the Tropolitan.
And at one point, I almost quit and went on with my life.
But someone, Jamal Carswell, a former staff writer, encouraged me to write for Arts & Entertainment, headed by the editor of that section at the time, Jonathan Bryant (affectionately referred to as JB).
And he gave me a chance. My first article was awful. The staff totally had to rewrite it. Next time, a bit better. We worked together to make me better, and, by the end, I was off doing interviews and being a somewhat competent writer.
And for that, JB, I thank you immensely. You gave me a chance, and that’s the best thing you could’ve done for me.
JB and I are still friends, and we talk about dumb nerdy stuff all the time still. He’s also managed to introduce me to my favorite games.
JB, it’s been four years. When are you coming back for that BFA in dance, man?
Zachary Winslett had to deal with me my sophomore year, and that was my year of stupid mistakes.
I learned a lot from you, and you’ve helped groom me into what I am today. Everything is mostly Troy-related in the Arts & Entertainment section now, so, you did something good encouraging that.
Laura Hutto, former chief copy editor and my former roommate. You’re a queen, and don’t let anyone tell you any different.
You taught me how to do column breaks that one time, and it has saved my life a lot more than I’d like to admit.
Chase Robinson, our former editor-in-chief, talked to me and helped me through a lot inside and out of the paper. Thank you, too, man.
Lacey Alexander, my beloved staff writer. First of all, “A1 since day one.” And if you seek Lacey at any point, she’s probably doing something in the theater department for me.
Sable Riley, future Arts & Entertainment editor. Good luck. I’m here for you.
Grishma Rimal, our current news editor. Listen. I love you. I’m running out of words but I love you. You’re such a real and down-to-earth person, and I think I’d probably explode without you on staff.
Jane Morrell, our current opinion editor. It’s been four years together. I can’t say any more than that.
Finally, Steve Stewart.
I’ve been through all of his classes, been through his reviews of my page, and, even though sometimes I would get really frustrated, I now appreciate all of it.
He’s a good professor and he knows what he’s doing.
If he offers help, or gives you any advice, take it. Make it work for you.
And give people a chance.