Ideas and teamwork fill the cold air of the newsroom. Sitting here, I’m in love with the atmosphere around me. Here we are, aspiring journalists mimicking what it’s like to actually be one.
Every day I become more inspired by the professionals I meet, the tasks we take on, and the information we learn. But there’s something that inspires me most: my fellow peers. It’s amazing how we interact like professionals using specialized terms as though we’ve been co-workers for years. I really do enjoy the Greene Team, the members, my friends. All of them are amazing people who have their quirks and talents; it truly makes this experience. It sparks my fire inside. I’m more inspired now than I was before I came here to RWG.
Yesterday in Professor Haddad’s writing analysis class we discussed how articles need dramatic suspense. In class, Chloe and I demonstrated asking the right questions to get the information we need for dramatic suspense. Chloe brought up the hardest decision of my life; walking away from soccer. She asked a very good question that lead to another and another. It became hard for me to hold back my emotions because again, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
My teammates came up with great questions. While I was up there being interrogated on a topic I wasn’t exactly ready to be questioned about (especially in an open forum), something hit me. I was finally experiencing something close to what I had when I played soccer. My team was my family. Unconditional love. We all shared a deep passion. A passion for the last five minutes of a tied game, the winning goal in the last second, the simple kicking of the ball on the field. That’s what I have here.
I have a group of people around me who feel how I do. They share the passion I have; all of us sharing the ultimate goal of making it in this business. I once dreamed of playing on a college team hearing the stands roar as I walked out onto a field full of memories, heartbreak, triumph, and passion. Is that not what I have here? Is that not what my future may hold? A newsroom full of yes, you guessed it, memories, heartbreak, triumph, and passion. And these peers of mine, my fellow Greene team members, they give me that. They give me a feeling I haven’t felt in a long long time. So thank you.
(Top left: Massapequa Elite before our NY State Cup game. Top Right: After our victory over HBC Intense during the NY State Cup Game. Bottom: Greene Team visiting WLNY)