Learning my independence

By Bailey Klingaman – Digital Editor

I don’t want to imagine where I would be without The 1851 Chronicle. This organization isn’t just a club or a piece of paper. To me, this is a family.

In the three years I’ve been with The Chronicle, I’ve never been bored. The first story I ever volunteered to write was never finished. The second story would have been better if it wasn’t finished either. The third story, some improvement. Our club advisor, Professor Marie Franklin, has been encouraging me at every step. I’ve had other students to rely on and learn from. I’ve never been alone.

After years of constant support, it was nerve-wracking to think of myself out in the big world by myself. Sometimes, I think I would have been better off with less structure from The Chronicle. Maybe then I would have some experience with learning independently.

However, I’ve come to realize the newspaper and the family we’ve built there has never been a shelter against the rest of the world. I haven’t been protected from independence. There’s been a community for me to count on, but that doesn’t take away from the hours I’ve spent interviewing, researching, and writing articles, or the time I’ve spent designing the newsletter, managing social media, and updating the website with my co-editor.

I haven’t been deprived of developing individually, The Chronicle has been encouraging me to do it since I first stepped foot in our office.

This realization encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and apply to jobs farther from home. In July, I’ll be moving to Texas to start full-time at my post-grad job.

I don’t just owe this accomplishment to The 1851 Chronicle for giving me the necessary experience, but also for teaching me that I am capable of more than I know.

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