The Chart Staff goodbyes

The Chart Staff goodbyes

The Chart Staff goodbyes

I’ve been labeled a lot of things on this staff. I’ve been the redneck, the sailor, the crier, and my favorite “Hey yo, sports bitch!” After two years, all these names are somewhat endearing and I actually enjoy hearing what I’m going to be called next.

Unfortunately, I will not being returning to The Chart, or to Southern next year. I have instead decided to join the U.S. Navy. I leave for boot camp on June 8 and will be trained as a communications electrician.

I couldn’t leave here however without saying thank you to some pretty important people in my life. First and foremost, I would like to thank Coach Rutledge and Coach Vavra. Both of you truly made my experience as a college reporter worthwhile. You were both enjoyable to work with, and didn’t mind my oddball questions or late night phone calls. I truly appreciate all the times you helped me. With that said, I have the utmost respect for both of you and I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming years.

I would also like to thank my staff for putting up with me. I’m really going to miss you guys and all the fun times we’ve shared, whether it was Washington D.C., or right here in our very own newsroom.

I have so many good memories that for the most part will never be forgotten. And, since The Chart has the famous quote wall, I can only explain these memories in quotes that my staff would understand.

“T.R., we’re at the Lincoln Memorial and Meagan is crying.”

“Maneater sleeper,”

“What?! Our hotel is an old hospital!?”

I would like to thank my adviser, T.R. Hanrahan. T.R., you’ve made me mad, sad, happy and frustrated. More than anything, you’ve pushed me and I thank you so much for that.

I would not be the person I am today without your guidance and approval over the last couple of years. Thank you for teaching me the power of the pen, as well as, the value of hard work and dedication. You truly are an amazing man, teacher and mentor. I can’t even begin to imagine what my life is going to be without you around.

With that said, I just finished my final column as the sports editor of The Chart.

And to whoever takes my spot, good luck … you’re going to need it.