Senior Farewell: Catherine Van Weele

by Catherine Van Weele, Senior Staff Writer

It feels surreal that my time at San Diego State and as a writer for The Daily Aztec is coming to an end. It seems like it was just yesterday that I walked up to The Daily Aztec tent and signed up as an opinion writer without really knowing what would be entailed for me.

It is unfortunate that my last year of college had to be completely virtual. I am sad to have missed out on the chance to make some final college memories, but I still look back fondly at the memories I have made like production nights in the office and late-night runs to Trujillo’s. This year of virtual schooling and a slower-paced lifestyle has given me time to reflect and realize how blessed I am to be where I am today.

I am so thankful for everything The Daily Aztec has offered me. I have met many wonderful people and gained an assortment of valuable skills. I am proud of all the editors and writers at The Daily Aztec. Everyone puts their full effort into their stories and contributes towards making The Daily Aztec the amazing paper that it is. I’m always blown away by all the incredible work my fellow Aztecs produce.

I can’t imagine what my college experience would have been like without having been a part of The Daily Aztec. I joined the paper during my freshman year and it was a really wonderful way to get more involved in my new school. The opinion editor at the time, Kemi, encouraged me to apply for the opinion editor position for the next year. I am glad that she pushed me to do so because I would not have applied otherwise. I served as the opinion editor during my second year and found it to be a very rewarding experience. I enjoyed getting to know my writers and loved all the creative ideas and stories they came up with.

If I could give any piece of advice from my time in college, it is to take on as many opportunities as you can. Your college years should be a time to explore your interests and your passions. Even if there is something that interests you but does not relate back to your current career goals, I would encourage you to pursue it. You never know where it may lead you.

I would also like to express my appreciation to my family for supporting me in all my endeavors. Thank you, Mom and Dad!

Stepping into the real world is nerve-wracking but thrilling. I’m excited to see where life takes me next. I am grateful to have The Daily Aztec as a stepping stone as I move on to the next phase in my life.

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