A Letter from the Editor: On Starting The Bitter Student
By the time you are reading this, you have probably become a faithful BS reader! I’m kidding - not to worry, we can still be friends even if this is your first bitter experience.
Following several overly caffeinated weeks, The Bitter Student has launched - we set sail over a month ago on our maiden voyage, and so far, the ship hasn’t sunk!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve imparted our vision to over a thousand people! However, our journey has only just begun. As we continue, I think it is important to first and foremost introduce to you the rest of our crew, in addition to myself.
At present, seven of us steer this ship. We represent in full the diversity of undergraduate academia – from freshman to seniors, and humanities to arts and sciences majors. There’s me, Austin Mills - I do a bit of writing and all of the editing. We are especially thankful for William Hargrove - he turns the mumbo jumbo political race into comprehensible information for students. Andrew Maynor steers our social efforts, while Andrew Freeman is the brains behind the website structure. There’s also Sam Campbell – who keeps up with the operations, Tallie Schaffer – who works with sponsors, and Dennise Armas – who crunches the numbers. Together, we have worked long and hard to make the idea of the BS a reality.
Second, I feel that it is important for me to share what makes us different from others. What’s in our secret sauce that separates us from our competitors, you might ask? We’ve formed a community of students who share a common feeling: Too many people don’t know our generation like we do. We strive to paint an authentic portrait comprised of the voices of students: intelligent, inquisitive, passionate, and determined.
We wish not to burden you with what we consider “fluff” found on other sites. You will not find your far-fetched horoscope, what character from a dead TV show most matches your personality, or even what type of chicken nugget you are most like on our site.
That being said, I, myself, am very much your average American college student. I enjoy dive bars, fraternity parties, crappy concerts, and gas station beer. In this way, I do reflect a particular stereotype. However, I, along with the entire BS crew, believe this generation is much more than an image of wasted youth. I am also interested in the complexities of the world my generation is quickly coming to inherit, and I know I am not alone! In addition to the previously mentioned activities, I've eaten in a soup kitchen with the homeless off the streets of Boston, worn a hazmat suit in a basement in Staten Island, NY in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, gotten hopelessly lost in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, and been bored to tears filing paperwork in dusty file cabinets in the basement of an unnamed clinic.
All of these experiences, from the windswept Golden Gate Bridge to the sweaty backyard pub in Bessemer, AL, have made me the person I am today. Though my life is (hopefully) far from complete, I strongly feel that it has some value and wisdom to it that can be imparted and implemented in the lives of others. No doubt, every one of you reading this has a story to share. You see, you don't need to have a degree in journalism. You just need to have a fire in the belly, and a voice in order to drive change. And that's the beauty of the BS - any and everyone is welcome to write for us and share their story with our readers.
So, grab a beer or pour a glass of wine (if you're of age of course), pull up a chair, and listen along with the rest of our community – or perhaps, share some stories of your own.