Columns / Discourse / May 20, 2015

Editor-in-chief talks past time with TKS, looks toward the future

As crazy as it might seem, at least to me, this might be the last piece I ever write for The Knox Student. If I might give a little insight into my state of mind, writing is one of those experiences you can’t describe until you are actually going through the process. I’m not sure what to say. It is impossible to sum up four years in a few hundred words. Like anyone dealing with the end of something, I’m stuck thinking about beginnings.

Beginning number one: my introduction to TKS.

I first visited Knox College for an admitted students day in April 2011 and there was still snow on the ground. I had seen snow fewer times than I could count on both hands. There were poster boards up with information regarding classes we could visit during the day. I picked European Government (I think), I was interested in politics at the time and International Relations ended up being my major.

The only reason I wore my high school journalism hoodie that day was the fact that it was pretty chilly. The fact that I happened to sit next to Anna Meier ‘12 and Charlie Megenity ‘13 was surely the result of some cosmic activity at work. Both news editors for TKS at the time (I think), they saw my sweater and welcomed me to the world of The Knox Student. I served as opinions editor for the newspaper and editor-in-chief for the literary magazine in high school, but always saw it as a break from sit-in-a-desk style classes.

I worked as the Student Senate beat writer my freshman year and met many of my closest friends, and I thank TKS for that. My sophomore and junior years were spent working as co-news editor alongside Matt Barry ‘13 and Matt McKinney ‘13, both of whom influenced me greatly. Barry in his attention to detail and studious habits. McKinney for his passion for following his convictions.

I applied for and received the editor-in-chief position as a senior. I had wanted to become editor-in-chief of my paper ever since I missed the cut in high school, working for The Tideline. The leadership of Meier and Megenity taught me incredible lessons about dealing with colleagues, expectations and the less glamorous aspects of newspaper editorship. I couldn’t have asked for better people to learn from.

Beginning number two: Hitting a stride.

I like reporting, I like anything that has to do with sports coverage and commentary even more. Never would I have guessed that my favorite part of TKS would have been designing pages. Playing with the visual and narrative pieces produced by the writers and photographers of TKS fascinated me till my last day on staff.

Sophomore year Charlie and I received first place for front page design from the Illinois College Press Association. That was the first time I had ever felt like I was good at something. I chased that feeling for four years and gained additional recognitions along the way, though they just weren’t ever as sweet as the first time.

There is no question that my passion at Knox was TKS and my record shows that fact. It was a hell of a ride and I look back at my time fondly.

Beginning number three: Looking forward.

TKS has honed skills that I believe will help me moving on, and I’m excited to continue to tell stories through writing and design.

I feel very attached to Knox and the narratives I have encountered over my time here.

The Knox Student is in good hands for another year, I wish the best of luck to Kate Mishkin and Casey Mendoza. Every editor is happy to see deserving individuals fill their post. I am no exception.

To Knox students, faculty, staff and administrators: thank you for letting us bug you for nine months so that everyone knows what is going on, because the free flow of information is important.

I wish you all the best with your future ventures.

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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