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Friends easy to come by at Ambrose

April 2011 | by Arielle Willson

When I first started thinking about what I was going to write for my senior editorial, I decided I would not put much thought in it and write what came to me. Now that the time has come to begin writing, I find myself struggling to find the right words to describe my St. Ambrose experience.

As a writer, I should have no problem coming up with niceties. But the truth is, when I think of a "good-bye" editorial, I keep thinking of the series finale of the television show "Seinfeld." In the episode, the Green Day song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was played along with various clips from the show. While watching this, I couldn't help but think how much the cast seemed like a family.

This family-feel is how I would describe my time at Ambrose. I would say that 99 percent of my interactions on campus have been positive. Nearly everyone I've met has been willing to help me in any way they can.

I have made some great friends at Ambrose. In fact, I met my now-maid of honor (Abby) and bridesmaid (Clair) here. Don't worry Alan-I couldn't forget you on my list of friends. Working with you for the past three years has been the best thing I ever could have asked for, and I can't imagine what things would be like if fate hadn't brought us together. Of course, the education I received at Ambrose has been excellent. But it is these friendships that truly brought my experience over the top.

Having the opportunity to edit and write for The Buzz has been the best learning experience I could ask for. Sure, it's not the New York Times, but it does involve countless hours of writing and editing that have given me the experience I will need to succeed.

As I end the final piece I will ever write for The Buzz, I want to send a big "thank you" to the teachers who have encouraged me over the past four years:  Alan Sivell, Dr. Ann Preston, Dr. John Madsen, Jim Baumann and Dr. Carla Stevens. Without them, my college experience would not be complete.

Of course, my list of thank-yous would not be complete without my parents and my best friend/fiancé Matthew. I wouldn't have survived the past four years without your love and support.

Now that I am ready to enter the "real world," I am sad that my time at Ambrose is coming to a close. But I know that everything I learned here will help me for years to come, so in a strange way it feels like I'm not really leaving. I now pass the reigns onto the next editor-in-chief of The Buzz with this thought from Jerry Seinfeld- "It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

I can't tell if Jerry is being sarcastic or not, but here's hoping for the perfect amount of news to fill all of the future issues of The Buzz

–Senior editorials appeared in the April 28, 2011 issue of The Buzz

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