I have been getting increasingly excited about my college newspaper's alumni dinner. As in counting down the days excited. Sure, I am thrilled to be spending a weekend with my friends, and I really like getting dressed up in a cute black dress, high heels and pretty jewelery. Plus, the speaker will be great.

But really, I am excited to be surrounded by the people who worked for that newspaper.

I really really miss my paper. I miss the pressure of being involved in daily production (filing is not the same). I miss caring so deeply for the paper and the editors that the stupidest things can make you cry or scream. I miss having a place where I was respected for my knowledge and experience (as opposed to now, were I am the youngest and least knowledgeable in the newsroom). I miss being in charge. I miss working and arguing with my peers. I miss feeling the need to defend my paper to anyone who dares criticize it. I miss cheering on the new writers, and rolling my eyes with the older ones. I miss the gross smell of an office where people, who do not shower nearly as often as they should, stay up all night.

So yes, I do still read my college paper every day. Yes, I still groan when the new writers an editors make mistakes, and I try not to actually point out those mistakes too often. I get really excited when the Web site looks good and reads well. I talk about that newspaper way too often. I am excited to be going back to college, even if it's just for one night.

2 Responses to 'The Most Personal Post This Blog Has Ever Seen'

  1. Erin said...
    http://writtenpyramids.blogspot.com/2008/02/most-personal-post-this-blog-has-ever.html?showComment=1203036900000#c4115898763506177245'> February 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    this makes me kind of scared of graduation.


  2. Elisheva said...
    http://writtenpyramids.blogspot.com/2008/02/most-personal-post-this-blog-has-ever.html?showComment=1203569700000#c949419722217561000'> February 20, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    As well you should be, Erin. Fail a class or two. Don't graduate.


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