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Editor in chief gives final thanks
Posted Dec. 12, 2008

It is with great sadness that I write my last column for the Campus Times. This is not a completely unhappy event—I have learned so much throughout the time I’ve spent on staff.
Perhaps the most significant thing I’ve come to realize is how much other people have contributed to my success at the University of La Verne.

In honor of Galo Pesantes (our last editor-in-chief), I have decided to follow in his footsteps and write this column to all of the people in my life who have gotten me to where I am today. There is no way I would have made it to my last semester without all of you.

First, I have to thank my family, because they’re the ones who listen to me stress and complain about my workload. No matter how annoying I am, they continue to encourage me to strive for my dreams.

Mom: you never let me settle for less than my potential, and you are always there for me no matter what. I love being your daughter, and even though I am a huge pain in the neck, I always feel like you are my biggest fan. We are and will always be the best team.

Lauren: Who could ask for a better sister? I am so lucky to have my big sis be my best friend, and for you to be someone whom I love spending time with. You not only help to keep me going; you help me realize how much in life there is to laugh about.

Dad and Patty: I never thought I could actually be a writer until you both encouraged me to give it my all. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing dad and second mom.

Next, I have to salute everyone I’ve worked with on newspaper. To my staff: I’ve never worked with such a group of dedicated people—you guys were the reasons the paper actually came out every week.

Jackie, Richard, Lesley, Jen: I couldn’t have asked for more hardworking and fun editors to work with. You all always helped with anything you could and kept newspaper a fun experience. Without your commitment, we would never have been able to come out with such a great publication. You guys should be so proud of the newspaper you helped create week- after-week.

Madison: You are probably one of the strongest people I’ve ever met in my life, and despite being such a cool girl, you always make my nerdy self feel appreciated. I know that you are going to have an amazing life, because you deserve every part of the cowgirl lifestyle you’re looking for (even that one special cowboy.)

Finally, Susan: I can’t wait to see what you’ll do as the next editor-in-chief—I know you put so much into your work, and it definitely shows. I love how you always make me laugh and provide me with my weekly dose of Skittles! You are going to bring the Campus Times to an even higher level of excellence.

To George, Elizabeth and Eric: I can’t even begin to say how much you both have helped me in my years at La Verne. The school is so lucky to have people who give so much to their jobs. I wouldn’t have kept my sanity without you.

Most of all, I have to thank this school. As much as I gripe about classes or about being frustrated with financial aid or the administration, I can’t express how much this school has given to me over the past four years. I have learned what it takes to be a good student and, more importantly, a good person.

I can’t believe that graduation has come so soon, but I thank the University for all of the opportunities it has given me in my education.

I have loved being a Leopard, and I’ll continue to hold this school in my heart for many years to come.

Erin Konrad, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at erin.konrad@laverne.edu.