SAU Buzz

I hated it until I didn't

by Ashlynn Maczko
Posted on Dec 06, 2018

If you would’ve told me my freshman year that I would be the Editor-in-chief of The Buzz I would’ve told you that you were insane.

 

I had never been interested in journalism. In high school I actively avoided taking a journalism class because the thought of having to interview people was terrifying to me.

 

Despite my fear of journalism, I joined The Buzz during the second semester of my sophomore year. And guess what? My thoughts were confirmed—I hated it.

 

I hated interviewing people, I hated the grueling process of transcribing interviews and I hated coming up with stories when it seemed as though there were none.

 

But week by week it got better. Interviewing strangers became easier, finding stories became easier and writing became easier, and I didn’t hate it as much.

 

So, when people ask me why I stayed with The Buzz even though I hated it at first—I did it because under all that frustration I knew that it would be something I eventually excelled at and that it would benefit me in more ways that it would hinder me.

 

With graduation looming just weeks away, I’ve been doing some reminiscing on my time at Ambrose. One of the best things I have done is joined The Buzz.

 

Without this experience I wouldn’t have grown as a writer or gotten to work in a leadership role helping other writers excel.

 

More than that, the things I have learned from The Buzz have helped me in other aspects of my education as well.

 

While I still don’t consider myself a budding journalist, the curiosity that I have always had has led me down a different path for my future.

 

I’ve always said that I enjoy learning from the stories of others (through English and, now, through journalism), but I never expected that this curiosity would lead me to a volunteer position in the archives at Ambrose.

 

While it wasn’t the Buzz that led me to the archives, all of those skills that I learned through The Buzz came to use in my role in the archives. I was able to craft captions for photographs with ease and used my research skills in order to find information.

 

When approaching my role in the archives (creating captions for photos on Facebook) I use some of my news sense in order to choose my photos. I find things that are timely and relevant to events going on around campus and they seem to get good reactions on Facebook.

 

If you would’ve told me my freshman year that I would become the Editor-in-chief for The Buzz and that those skills would help me find a calling in archives I would have told you that you were crazy.

 

If you would’ve told me that I would be applying for grad school (Library and Information Science) and continuing my education, I would have told you that you didn’t know me at all.

 

And, if i had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

 

So, if you ever get the chance to do something you think you would hate, I encourage you to take it. You never know how it will change your life.