Leaving Union County Weekly has pulled me through multiple emotions. Part of me doesn’t want to move on, I love this paper and the people I work with every day, but the other part knows it’s time for a new chapter.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be the journalist I am today without my experience here. So many people have worked with me, taught me and shaped me into the person I am today. I have grown from the girl fresh out of college who was scared to even call people for a story to someone who attends as many meetings as she can, making friends with people all throughout the community.
While nearly every relationship started professionally, so many of you have become close friends I hope to keep in touch with in the future. But most importantly, there are a special few who have inspired me and have shown me that no matter where I’ve been or what I’ve been through that I can do anything I set my mind to.
As I move to Washington, D.C., and begin classes at Georgetown University, I won’t forget where I started. I will remember the Weddington water tower, the 2013 elections, the search for a new town manager in Stallings and Waxhaw, the protests against redistricting in Union County Public Schools, budget discussions, rezoning meetings and so much more. There will not be a time I drive through a town and don’t wonder about their Unified Development Ordinance and what the goals of the town are.
These have been the most wonderful two years of my life, and I will carry so many of you with me as I leave and go on to this new chapter in my life. Thank you to everyone for taking time for an interview, confiding in me even when it was off-the-record and, most importantly, thank you for showing me how important it is to care about the small town you live in and the community you are part of. I will miss you all.