First our staff would like to take a minute to thank you for reading and for your continued support this year.
This year has been an exciting one for The Archway. We started off the year by hiring a new printing company and printing on higher quality paper. We completely revamped our website, www.bryantarchway.com.
We went through some controversy which served as a learning experience and bonded us as a staff. Our peers voted us as the University’s Organization of the Month in March.
Now we have reached the end; our final issue. This year we have put together 320 pages of The Archway. That’s over 1,200 articles chronicling the events of this campus.
Many of our staff are seniors and for us this issue is bittersweet. It marks an end to years of dedication to an organization we have all come to love.
For us, there are no more Monday afternoon planning meetings, no more spending all day Wednesday in the office doing production, no more lugging 1,200 copies of the paper all over campus on Thursday nights.
To my fellow seniors – Eric MacCarthy, Royce Brunson, Thomas Hansen, Andriana Evangelista, Katharine Hurley, Coburn Childs, Alli Salzberg, and Kelly McDonough – thank you for everything you have done for this organization. The eight of you have made my job this year so much easier and infinitely more enjoyable. You are an extremely talented group of individuals and I am honored to have revitalized this newspaper with you.
Underclassmen enjoy whatever time you have left at this amazing place. If you can’t look back and say you’re a different person than you were when you came here, you are doing something wrong.
Once it dawned on people that this was our last semester, people started to do things differently than they had been. Taking on that live like you’re dying mentality. Honestly adopting that mentality has led to some of my favorite memories at Bryant and I only wish I had started thinking that way earlier.
Sleeping eight hours a day is the responsible thing to do but the nights you spend staying up until 2am laughing with your friends for no reason are the ones you will remember. Sure going to the gym is the better decision in the long run but sometimes sitting on the couch watching tv and eating peanut butter cups is the way to go.
Don’t spend your time here worrying about what other people think. Honestly you didn’t know any of these people existed before you got here and worst comes to worst they are only in your lives for four years. Do what makes you happy and you’ll find people that support you.
Don’t be afraid to step out of the box. For four years certain expectations are drilled into our heads. At this point seniors are expected to have a job and have their lives completely figured out. Accounting majors, for example, are even supposed to have a job with a specific firm.
Don’t be afraid to take off the blinders. Do not what everyone expects you to do; do what makes you happy. In the end, you are the one that will have to wake up and go to work every single day for the next forty years.
My parents claim to read every article that I write. Over 70 issues, this marks the 103rd article they have allegedly read. Mom and Dad, if you made it this far thanks for reading. If not, LIARS! Just kidding.
Hope we have made your
Fridays a little more enjoyable,