By ANDREW PAXTON
After four semesters and 31 issues on staff (with one more to go), my reign of terror as editor of Pima Community College’s student newspaper is drawing to an end.
I have written exactly 21 editor columns during my time on staff, including this one. As all the gamblers know, you always stay on 21.
Custom dictates that I reflect on my time here, the good times and bad, what I’ve learned, and all that jazz.
And thanks yous. There must be ample kudos to all the amazing people I’ve met and worked with along the way, right?
Well, it’s true. I have worked with a cadre of spectacular people that I will never forget. My experience here as the editor will never be replicated, no matter where my journeys take me once I leave Pima. But for some reason I can’t bring myself to write the typical farewell column.
Perhaps it’s because I feel like there is still more to do, always wanting to chase one more lead or work on one more story with a new reporter just learning the ropes.
Maybe it’s because I feel like this really isn’t goodbye. Sure, my writing won’t be showing up in this space on a biweekly basis anymore, but it will still be out there, somewhere.
I will never stop pursuing stories, asking questions and bringing readers the information they want.
Or it could just be the fact that I don’t imagine anyone wants to read all about me any more than I want to fill this space with my personal reflections and future aspirations.
One thing I will say as I prepare to transition away from my time on the college paper; enjoy every moment you can. Some people would give up everything for the opportunities we take for granted. You never know when everything could be gone, or what tomorrow may bring.
And I truly would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank our adviser, and my mentor, Cynthia Lancaster, for everything she has done during my time with Aztec Press. My leadership, writing, editing, layout and photography skills all evolved immensely due to her teachings.
This issue is full of stories of people seizing the moment and living life to the fullest, challenging themselves to new limits, following their hearts and chasing their dreams. I am hopeful we can all do the same.
Carpe diem. Enjoy the issue.