By: Taylor Waldron
Four years with The Preface have flown by. I remember walking across the campus bridge from River Crossing to my first interview with the former Editor-in-Chief, Jim Irizarry, in the fall of 2017. I was 18, completely terrified, but so excited to write for a college publication.
I interviewed and submitted some of my writing from high school and by the end of that meeting, I was assigned to cover my first story.
Since then, I’ve written a variety of stories for The Preface. In my second year, I redesigned the official Preface website, took on the role of web editor, and continued to cover campus events and student engagement pieces.
In my final year with The Preface, I, alongside my Co-Editor-in-Chief, roommate and friend Kate Luce, took on the challenge of running the paper virtually through the pandemic. I cannot thank Kate and our staff enough for the consistent dedication and hard work for The Preface this year. I’m so proud of the work that was done this year and I am so grateful to have shared these experiences with some of my closest friends.
I also want to thank our advisor, Ken Klimek, for taking a chance on a freshman who needed a lot of work on her writing. Ken’s constant support for all of the writers at The Preface is what makes the team so strong. I’ll miss his sly anecdotes and goofy personality.
As for my future, I plan to continue writing for pleasure and to explore new writing opportunities in the South Bend area. I have accepted a full-time marketing position with a local embroidery company, Logo Boys, in Mishawaka. For my Preface staff members who are continuing to write next semester, good luck. I know that with Kate’s continued leadership, you are all in the best of hands and in the best position to grow. I can’t wait to see what amazing stories you’ll write and what projects you’ll embark on. It’s truly been a pleasure.