Endings and beginnings

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Like my fellow intern Sky Chadde did before me, I too am leaving the Chieftain to return to the wide fields of academia.

Tragically, I won’t be writing for this wonderful paper full time, but I plan on writing this geeky column regularly, and I hope to write articles whenever I can. This is a goodbye, but not really.

Still, I’ve taken a lot from this job that will help me as I enter my final year of college. And I’ve taken yet more that will help me in the years beyond.

Though most of my resume reads journalistic endeavors, I had never worked in a professional newspaper before. I’ve discovered how much I enjoy writing about people and their passions and pursuits, each one mad, clever, absurd and wonderful in turn. Before this, I didn’t know just how many people juggle several professional hats, switching roles without effort.

Writing and learning about the wonderful things people around this city and this county do to build and maintain community or to keep a distinct cultural identity and a direct line to long-dead history has been a joy. People I’ve met draw inspiration from everything in quests for charity, for novelty, for satisfaction.

I’ve seen the bad as well as the good. Economic disparities, the problems that rise from it, inaction, crime — all of these are part of Socorro, too. But people do work on these problems, hard as they can be to handle, and that makes me happy and hopeful.

As a professional, I’ve improved across the board. I’ll go into my last year of college writing faster and more clearly, better at knowing what information I need before I put pen to paper, and better at getting it.

This has been a great experience and a pleasure. I want to thank you all for sharing it with me.

But with every ending, there is a beginning. Though I may not be a full-time reporter any longer, I won’t stop being a geek any time soon, and I won’t stop being your geek just yet. As birds must fly, as fish must swim, so must I write.

Thanks again to everyone I’ve interviewed and everyone who has helped me find what I needed. Yet more thanks go to all the marvelous coworkers who put up with a tech writer in the midst of proper journalists, for their advice and guidance along this road. And to those who read this paper and those who read this column, thank you too.

See you on the other side.