My Journalistic Journey

Courtney Cass
Editor

At the beginning of fall quarter 2015, if you had asked me if I was interested in journalism or if I felt connected to Olympic College, I would have answered “No!” to both.  At the time, I was a bitter second-year running start student with a bad case of senioritis.  I was trying to rush through my last year of school as quickly as possible so I could move on to a 4-year college and adulthood.

I didn’t really have any friends at OC, mostly due the fact that I didn’t want to start any new friendships that I knew would end as soon as I graduated.  I had two jobs, horses to take care of, a rodeo queen title that I was still fulfilling, and a full class load, so I figured that new friendships would just be a waste of time. 

I also felt apathetic towards OC.  I didn’t care what went on or who was in charge of what, because I thought that the school was just some boring, unimportant community college, and that nothing that happened here truly mattered.

Selfie shenanigans at the office

Selfie shenanigans at the office

A couple weeks into the quarter I saw my friend from high school in the library, Miranda Duplissey.  She was the public relations director for The Olympian at the time and we started talking and catching up.  She brought up The Olympian, and I had heard about it, I’ve seen signs and papers around campus, but I never paid any attention to it.

My friend mentioned that the paper was hiring, which caught my interest.  I already had two other jobs at the time, but horses are expensive, and any extra bit of money helps.  I decided to go to the writer’s meeting to see what it was all about and if I wanted to work there.  The meeting went well and everyone seemed nice so I thought “Why not?” and joined. 

Joining The Olympian was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made this last year.  I have gained so much experience and grown a lot as a person.  I’ve become a better writer, improved my grammar usage, and had opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have had if I didn’t work for The Olympian. 

My first article I wrote was about rodeo queens, and because of my position, I was able to interview Miss Rodeo America 2015.  Being new, this was incredibly amazing and scary at the same time.  If I wasn’t working for the paper, I definitely would not have had the guts to talk to her, let alone conduct a half hour long interview with her.

Travis Phillips, Financial Director(left), Aurora Culy, Volunteer Support(top center), Taylor Lemerand, Volunteer Supoport(bottom left), and Courtney Cass, Editor(right) Photos Taken By Courtney Cass

Travis Phillips, Financial Director(left), Aurora Culy, Volunteer Support(top center), Taylor Lemerand, Volunteer Supoport(bottom left), and Courtney Cass, Editor(right)
Photos Taken By Courtney Cass

My writing skills have improved as a whole, and my grades on written assignments have reflected that improvement.  Being a part of The Olympian has made me more aware and involved with things going on around campus.  Olympic College is no longer some boring community college to me.  It is a school full of interesting people that working hard to make the community better.  I feel more connected to OC and I really care about what happens here.

However, the most important things I’ve gained from working from The Olympian have nothing to do with schoolwork or skills or anything of that nature.  What’s really the most important is that I’ve gained some amazing friendships and memories.  Everyone who works for The Olympian is really, truly great.  They are all kind, smart, hardworking, passionate, and funny.  Everyone has very different personalities and goals in life, but we all work together very well.

The Olympian office is hands-down my favorite place on campus.  It is where we do a majority of our work, but it feels like so much more than just an office.  It’s a place where we can go and hang out and have lively debate on any topic ranging from politics to video games.  It has a really inviting and relaxed environment, and is welcome to anyone.

We have had our problems, like every workplace does, but that hasn’t changed the atmosphere of the office.  Everyone is super friendly, and we still enjoy spending time together at work. 

If you asked me today if I was interested in journalism or if I felt connected to Olympic College, I would answer with a confident “Yes!” Today, I am officially a graduate of high school and Olympic College.  I am glad that I didn’t rush through the school year, and I’m glad to have made friends here, even if those friendships will end now that I’ve graduated. 

Because of The Olympian, I’ve become a better person.

Because of The Olympian, I’m no longer as bitter as I was, and I learned to cherish and enjoy my senior year.

Working for The Olympian has been a really positive experience, and I am proud to say I have been a part of it.  To everyone on the staff: I love you guys so much.  Thank you for such an amazing time, you all made my senior year great.  I’m going to miss you all terribly when I leave for college.