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I’ll admit that I didn’t give much thought to the college application process. I applied to two schools, got into both, and ultimately my gut told me to choose the University of Michigan. I wasn’t in love with the school, knew little about the programs they offered, and honestly I didn’t even know they had a football team or even that college football was a thing, but it’s the school that felt right because I knew they had a college newspaper. The Michigan Daily boasts many Pulitzer Prize winning alumni, as well as the likes of Mike Wallace, Arthur Miller, Rich Eisen, and more established journalists than I can recount… though I didn’t know that at the time.
After I got settled into my dorm, I made my way over to The Michigan Daily and didn’t really leave until they pushed me out four years later. I easily spent 80 hours each week within the hollowed confines of 420 Maynard Street, where we not only put out a killer newspaper each day, but we grew up as well. To this day most of my best friends worked at the Daily with me, and we made memories that will last a lifetime. I had the opportunity to attend the University of Michigan’s original affirmative action trials and attend the Republican celebration party when George W. Bush was elected President (although, the party was a bit of a downer considering we left when the election had been called for Gore), I cried with and consoled my friends from New York City when the World Trade Centers were attacked, then worked the next 24 hours straight. We organized a team of reporters to go out to New York City to cover things live… and did the same thing a year later to cover the anniversary.
Of course there was plenty of fun, too: playing beer pong in the “Bat Cave,” “office spacing” non-functional equipment, turning cartwheels in the parking lot when we locked the paper each night. I worked until at least midnight Sunday-Thursday and got paid pennies, but I would have done it for free because I was having the time of my life. The Daily – the building, the paper itself, and especially the people – is what made me who I am today. I don’t know what lead me there initially, but I felt a pull I couldn’t resist.
I believe that everything happens for a reason, and for this reason I generally follow my instincts and have few regrets. My instincts told me I’d find my people at the Daily and I did. Then, nearly a decade later, those same instincts told me to start a blog so I did… and here we are. I never knew what called me to the Daily since I never had any intention of being a reporter, but I believe now it was to teach me the foundation of writing so that I could one day put those skills to use here.
The thing about the big things is that you often don’t know ahead of time it’s actually going to be a big thing. Sure, you KNOW that your wedding day is going to be a day you remember forever, as is the birth of your children, and maybe even your birthday each year. But out of the mundane can come the best of things – the most important things – so be sure to savor every moment, follow your instincts, and be confident in your decisions.
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