NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Good bye, farewell and thank you

And just like that, the second (and final) issue of the fall 2021 Observer is here.

My final issue.

The 2021 fall semester has been bittersweet, filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. For myself and many of us, the last two years have been difficult to say the least.
It has, however, allowed us to show ourselves and each other just what we are made of. There is grit among the blood, sweat, and tears. A demonstrated perseverance only seen in those who have everything to gain by pushing forward and too much to lose by falling back.

I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone.
If you have ever answered a question I have asked ­– Thank you.
If you have ever posed for a photograph at my request ­­– ­­ Thank you.
If you have ever replied to an email or a text from me — Thank you.
If you have ever picked up a copy of the Observer  or visited the website — Thank you.

Professor Rattigan, thank you for being there when I was at one of my lowest points and was not sure I would or could continue. Taking your public speaking class during the winter intersession of 2020 kept me going.

Professor Lyng, thank you for your continued support. You made me feel like I could do anything, even when it was two in the morning and my editing software would not cooperate. Your energy and enthusiasm are undeniably infectious.

Dean Callahan, thank you for pushing the Liberal Arts department to be all that it has become and embracing journalism and communications in such a way that it has made it possible for students like myself to thrive.

Ernie Greenslade, thank you for your support and guidance over the last year and a half. You are an invaluable resource for all whose path you cross. I hope we will continue to cross paths for years to come.

Professor Shafer, thank you for ALL of the things. Thank you for encouraging me to join the Observer back when I didn’t even know what AP Style was. Thank you for continuing to push me forward while still being cautious as to not overwhelm me. Thank you for your understanding and your flexibility. Thank you for being available via email and text, always. Thank you for getting up early and staying up late and always reminding me that we are all still learning.

Professor Yarborough, it’s been a long road. Thank you for sticking by me, pushing and supporting me. I wish to have been able to meet you in person. You are truly one of the most considerate and kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Please know that all you do for your students does not go unnoticed.  

PACE family, we have only just met and I’m sorry it took me so long, but I am so glad to have finally met you all. You’ve shown me that it’s okay to ask for help and that it’s all within reach for the taking.

What the future will hold for me next, I cannot predict with certainty, but I know that I am now better prepared for what is to come, more than ever before, thanks in great part to Northern Essex and its community.

I hope to some day be able to give back all that I have received during my time here. At the very least I plan to pay it forward.

This is “good bye” for now but I’ll definitely “see ya later!”

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