365 Words for 365 Days
One year ago I was majoring in journalism, searching for a platform to publish any of my articles. Although I wrote sporadically for the school paper, I wanted something more; to be able to write consistently about the topics I wanted and felt affected other students. A year later I am now the managing editor at The Bitter Student, not only writing articles, but encouraging other students to do the same, and highlighting the fact that as millennials, we have a voice that needs to be heard.
I began as an intern, writing articles when they needed to be written, editing, and finding other contributors. After the internship concluded, I was fortunate enough to be asked to serve as managing editor. As our reader base has grown, so has each of our responsibilities and our overall enthusiasm and optimism for where we can take The Bitter Student.
From cluttered email inboxes, to now a smooth, streamlined process, the progress made over the past year has been steady. The day-to-day change was unnoticeable, but comparing where we are now to our conception, there has been a massive amount of change and improvement.
At first, it was difficult to become acclimated with running a website. We had to publish a steady amount of quality content, while not sending our followers a barrage of notifications. Oftentimes, finding contributors outside of our own staff was difficult, resulting in the same names and voices being shared. Time management took adjustment, adding a business-like atmosphere as an extracurricular on top of school and our other jobs. None of those are issues now. Today we have people coming to us wanting to contribute. Most of our work is finished ahead of schedule. We publish content every Wednesday.
Through all the progress we’ve made and all the readers and attention we’ve gained, we stay humble, understanding that without our readers and fellow contributors, we wouldn’t be where we are now. So, on behalf of our staff, I want to thank those contributors, our readers, and all millennials for acknowledging their voice and using it to be heard. We hope to make even more progress in the next year, and as always, get bitter, get better.