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By BRITTANY SMITH Jon Jee Editor Published: December 17, 2016 12:00 PM

This is finally the moment I’ve been waiting for since sophomore year. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the voice behind many articles written about various events in and around John Glenn High School, and I am also behind all the edits (good and bad). I joined the media program just three short years ago and it’s hard to believe that after graduation, I’ll be done forever. While being on the staff is an absolute blast, I’ve also faced some challenges that have led to some very important moments in my high school career. Although these mostly have been applied to the newspaper, these lessons are applicable to everyday living.

It only takes that one step to completely transform your world. The first and most important lesson is that sometimes you just have to take the plunge and get out of your comfort zone. I proved this right when I joined the media program my sophomore year. I was extremely hesitant to be in an unfamiliar environment and I felt that this might not be my forte. Little did I know that I would have a story published almost every week and become the editor after one year. I stepped out even further when I began writing about things such as music and classes and books, which were things that I had to interview people for and acclimate myself with because they were outside my realm of knowledge. I was very fortunate to find a group of people who have become more like family to me and I am forever grateful.

While I was excited to have my stories out into the world, it was also terrifying because now people could get a sense of who I was and my angles on a particular subject. For me, this weighed heavier than actually meeting my deadlines for the articles, but in this fear, I learned one of the biggest lessons of my life.
Whether it is a newspaper story or out in the world, not everyone is going to like you or what you do and that is perfectly fine. I struggle with this concept at times, but I’ve learned over the years that I can’t please every single person I meet and I just have to move on, and it is definitely a lifestyle choice. There have been stories I’ve written that have ruffled feathers and have raised eyebrows, but that’s okay because that’s what writing is supposed to do. Of course I want all of my pieces to be wonderful and praised by everyone, but I know that isn’t always going to happen because we are all different. Life is too short to pay any mind to the haters.

It is inevitable that along the way, you will lose friends or have a falling out with someone that you felt would stand by your side for many years, but that is just part of growing up. I still have growing to do and there will be bumps along the way, so I will just have to roll with the punches.

Sometimes it seems impossible to get past an obstacle. Personally, I often find myself fighting writer’s block, but it could be a shooting slump during the basketball season or a slower time in the pool or on the track. There are times where it seems easier to throw in the towel, but if you push through the problem, the reward is that much sweeter. Changing your routine or simply letting go of the stresses of the day, even for just a little bit, can be the difference between success and failure.

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As I’ve gone through high school, there have been several changes and it has been vital to leave some of the small things as they are. If you’re like me, this will be the hardest thing you will ever have to do. Often my problems stem from my editing of a newspaper. There are days in which all I do is fret over the mistake of a single word, which cannot be changed no matter how much I wish it could. Most people will not even notice the fact that I switched an “a” with “an” or forget a plural subject because the big picture is more important. In 20 years, nobody will even remember the small, and often unimportant, details.

Learning to make errors and letting the petty stuff slide is a huge part of growing up. When you let go of the things that are irrelevant, that is when the fun begins.

Whether it’s during school or during a sporting event or even during a concert, always remember to make memories and add to the history books. Unfortunately for me, it took an entire year of high school and a new environment to make me realize this. When my aunt passed right before my freshman year and my grandpa was diagnosed with an incurable cancer on the same day, I thought it was impossible to make happy memories. I was and still am very fortunate to find a group of fun-loving, hilarious, and borderline crazy media people. Writing for the newspaper has just been the cherry on top of the cake of my high school career. I get to write for a newspaper that was established in 1962 and I get to play a huge role in the new format of the paper. Letting go and doing something that you remember for the rest of your life is a fantastic feeling. Those are the moments that will be with you for the rest of your life.

As a couple chapters are beginning to close in my life, new ones are popping up left and right. While I’ll miss being the newspaper editor and a few of the new changes the newspaper will be facing, it is humbling to know that the paper has taught me so many great life lessons.

I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to move the paper onto our own website. While other girls dream of finding the perfect prom dress, my dream was being able to put articles from the Jon Jee online. It’s exciting to think about how many more people could have access to the school newspaper and hopefully be inspired by it. This website opens up so many doors for other future endeavors of the Jon Jee and I’m eager to start establishing the legacy that will last for many years to come.


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