Well it has finally happened, your favorite kid hating, bitter, cheap, young old mad is leaving the U-News. I was offered the opportunity to be a full-time reporter for the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa.
This is a great opportunity for me and a chance to advance my career. But not only that, I get to live out my dream of being a newspaper writer while making a decent living. After nearly seven years, I snatched my photo off the wall of my old warehouse job and walked out with a smile on my face for the first time in a long time.
It’s crazy how I came back to school in the fall of 2011 with my confidence shaken in my ability to learn and in my ability to write. Yet, before I walked across the stage on December 14th, I landed the first job I applied to in the newspaper industry. I actually got a job before I even walked across the stage, which let me know right then and there that all my hard work had paid off. I believe I am an even better writer now than I was during my first go round at college.
I didn’t make this journey alone though. I have quite a few people to thank, and too many to list with the amount of word space I’ve been limited to, so I’ll start if off with the most important one.
I have to thank my mother Myra Rushing-Wallace. While she may no longer be with me, her memory has served as my motivation this last year. When I was working long days last summer doing my internship and my regular job, she motivated me. When I came back to school to get that degree I promised her, she motivated me. I truly was blessed to have such a strong, powerful women raise me and to have kept me going without even being here to push me.
I also have to thank the U-News for helping me grow as a writer. Working for the U-News helped me hone my writing skills, showed me the value of teamwork and communication, and afforded me the ability to meet and talk with so many interesting people. I especially have to thank my good friend, fellow cheapskate, and former U-News writer, Ericka Chatmon, for taking me to my initial meeting and getting me started. I have to thank all of my colleagues at the U-News and a great Editor-in-Chief, Nathan Zoschke, for allowing me to be myself and express my voice in my writing.
And lastly I have to thank UMKC. I have to thank all f my teachers, my advisors, the U-News readers and everyone person I interviewed. Without this school and the great students and staff, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
So, thank you UMKC
From Tyren Rushing, Reporter for the Newton Daily News.