The Denisonian

Lessons learned as the Opinion Editor

TAYLOR LIFKA ‘17

Opinion Editor

Sometimes it seems as if there’s nothing left to say.

Maybe it’s a sign that my time has come to say goodbye; perhaps it’s my inability to let go that has left me speechless.

I haven’t been writing for the Denisonian nearly as long as the rest of my fellow editors, yet all of us seniors sign off today – the final issue in the books.

It’s been quite the journey here through my twenty issues as the Opinion Editor. While I’ve agonized over deadlines and engaged in vicious combat with writer’s block, Knapp 108 has become my solace in the midst of an unpredictable world.

I became the Opinion Editor upon returning from a semester abroad.  I gave up old passions and embarked upon a new journey here at the Denisonian, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Writing for The Denisonian has allowed me to make sense of political issues, social injustices and all the other topics that have kept me up at night. 

It has forced me to stay informed on the state of our campus and encouraged me to remain engaged, even when I would’ve prefered to stay silent. It has taken me outside of my comfort zone.

I have been challenged by the ideas of my peers and, above all, I am thankful for the pressure that has led me to take a stance on the controversial issues that we’re faced with day in and day out.

I don’t claim to know much, but what I do know is that there exists a great power in the written word.  

With a final opportunity to voice my opinion, I encourage students and faculty alike to continue utilizing this paper as the catalyst for change.

Since 1857 the Denisonian has been circulating this hill. Now, more than ever, I implore all Denisonians to continue questioning the bigger issues, the issues that matter most to you, the readers 

This publication has the capability to reach all corners of this campus and to share all voices – all of which are worthy of being heard. 

There’s an unknown comfort in writing, and despite the inevitable pitfalls that are bound to exist, it’s always worth it in the end.  Every individual on this campus has a story and everyone’s story deserves to be heard. 

I truly believe that writing has the ability to bring people together.  Honest opinions, vulnerable voices, and mutual respect and understanding are what bind us, as humans, as one.

After a year of working on this paper I hope that my voice has resonated with someone along the way.

If I’ve reached one person I feel I can leave this office without any regrets.

My journey ends here, but I know that this publication will continue to prosper.  It’s not just a few sheets of paper.  To me, this paper has been a consant presence in an, at times,  shaky world, and I’ll forever be grateful to all those who have continued to make it possible for the past 159 years.

Thank you for reading.

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