This is the part of the newspaper where I sell you on The Puyallup Post. There seems to be a trend with these initial addresses, so I’m going to get all of the clichés out of the way. The Puyallup Post is changing; a careful eye would see that the newspaper already has changed in a lot of ways. The website has been revamped as the entire news staff is hard at work to provide the city of Puyallup with interesting and engaging content to compliment the newspaper. The Post’s social media platforms are being bolstered: if you haven’t been following us, now’s the best time to do so. The Puyallup Post has been serving the greater Puyallup area since 1994 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
With all of that out of the way, I want to highlight the crux of this letter: longevity. Life is a collection of experiences and human beings can get swept up in those individual experiences. As a result, people can be oblivious to things happening around them when they’re caught up in the moments that make up their lives. Everyone’s time in college is temporary though and it’s just a matter of time before your cap is in the air and you’re on to your next destination.
Herein lies one of my personal mantras: you should always leave a business, person or place better than it was when you arrived. It’s simple enough, right? When I was handed the reins of the newspaper, my mind began to swell with ideas and plans for the future. As my mind raced, I had to silence it and focus on one sole thought, and I chose that mantra you read above.
Every student at Pierce College Puyallup takes a class. Some students join a club. A few students become student leaders. A couple of students make lifelong friends. Regardless of the experiences a student has at Pierce, all of their experiences come to an end. Before long, Pierce may be a distant memory to graduates that move on to the next chapter in their lives, but alumni owe it to future students to improve Pierce. We all have a part to play, and I’ve been given an opportunity to improve the newspaper.
That would be where this letter wraps up, but that’s not the only opportunity acquired from working for the newspaper. I’ve been given the opportunity to train and teach my staff members, yet I’ve also been given the opportunity to learn from them. I’ve been given the opportunity to work closely with a talented Managing Editor — I can only hope the relationship is symbiotic. Life will constantly present everyone with these opportunities; don’t let a single experience distract you from life’s chances.
As the fall quarter and the first chapter of many students’ college career begins, I challenge you all to remember this letter. I’m going to work hard to improve everything and everyone I have the privilege of encountering during my time at Pierce College, and I ask that you all do the same. We owe it to the future.
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