- Come to class late every day. This helps you maximize the time you aren’t doing work and lets you avoid the editors and therefore your deadlines.
- Thinking of good story ideas is overrated. Just pitch a few nonsense stories so it at least seems like you’re trying.
- Don’t bother contributing to story idea discussions, just write down the best ideas that other people give and steal them before they’re able to pitch.
- Deadlines are just suggestions. Your editors may act like they matter, but as long as you turn in a half-finished draft (or just a list of quotes) by hell week you should be fine.
- Don’t think of a visual when you pitch a story. There are plenty of other people on staff who will be eager to take/make your visuals for you in their free time.
- Never volunteer to cover things for the CSPN. It’s much more fun to watch the online editor stress out over getting things covered than actually helping yourself.
- When the Chronicle gets here don’t help bag. Instead spend the entire bell creating a kickass playlist on Spotify. DJ’s probably make better money than journalists anyway.
- Sleep in on distribution day. You need your beauty sleep and someone else will pick up the slack regardless. All you’re going to miss is a breakfast consisting of Kroger’s absolute cheapest multiple-day-old baked goods.
- Don’t read the Chronicle. It’s just a liberal propaganda rag and everyone knows liberals are losers. Sad!
- Never trust clickbaity Buzzfeed style lists. All the above advice is absolute rubbish and you shouldn’t follow it. What else would you expect from a failing pile of garbage like Buzzfeed?
In all seriousness being a part of the Chronicle staff has easily been one of the highlights of my 4 years at Mason High School. When I was typing out my cliche answers to apply to the Chronicle my sophomore year, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was thinking about how important expanding my resume would be so I can get into God knows what college to major in who the hell knows. I was stressing about how I would print out the Jonicle in time to turn in along with my application. I was worrying about the APUSH chapter quiz I had the next day, and how I would fit in time to read the chapter when it was already far past midnight. I wasn’t really thinking about why I wanted to join the Chronicle or what I would get out of it, little did I know it would be so much more than a bullet point on a resume.
The things I’ve learned and skills I’ve acquired over the course of my two years have easily prepared me more for college and beyond than any other class I’ve taken. From my English and writing skills, to my ability to think critically, to improving my communication, the Chronicle has propelled me to be a better student and future businessman/bureaucrat/who really knows. While those skills are invaluable, they don’t come close to having as large an impact as the people I’ve met on staff and the experiences I’ve had as a result.
I’m not going to attempt to list off names and describe how everyone has impacted me. That may be because I don’t want to copy other blogs (which I can’t hope to live up to anyway) or it may be because it’s past 1 in the morning and I desperately want to go to sleep. Regardless I can say without a doubt that the people I’ve gotten to know over the past two years have changed my life for the better. Whether it be a longstanding tradition like chronoeing or chronsgiving, something as small as a monthly powerpoint, or something as grand as a Jon Bellion concert or trip to Chicago or D.C., the memories I’ve made with people on staff will stay with me forever. I’ll never forget getting reported as truant while picking up Chipotle for food Friday and getting escorted back to school by a cop car(thanks, Arnav). I won’t forget seeing Mr. Conner get pied or watching him Pie Eric Michael. I won’t forget the late night insomnia runs at OU or getting Baked! at IU in the middle of a thunderstorm.
This is just a tiny snippet of the many memories that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life thanks to the Chronicle. So thank you, to the friends I’ve made on staff current and former, and to Mr. Conner for being an incredible role model and leader and for helping us produce the Chronicle even though he doesn’t have to. I can’t wait to see how much we all achieve in the coming years. I know every single person on our staff has amazing things ahead of them and I’m so excited to see everyone’s potential play out. Columbus is a sweet city so feel free to pay me and about 500 other Mason grads a visit if you get a chance. Until then I wish everyone the best of luck, even though I know none of you will need it.