I am bumming about leaving this place in less than a month but I also can't wait to set my post-college foundation. I've tried to express my feelings about graduation but I just can't capture the exact feeling. My moods have been shifty on the issue. College has been a blur; an overwhelming experience of new people and new ideas and a growing awareness of the world; a growing sense of the role I want to create for myself in the world. It makes me feel like I'm exploding just thinking about the uncertainties of the future.
I know about a couple things. I know Kim Hooyboer is taking the reins of quarterlife next year. I know that this year was a successful first year for the magazine because we are continually improving the management of the magazine, submissions are encouraging for the future as a variety of people are sending creative and entertaining pieces, and things can only get better from here. I know there will be applications for staff positions next year.
I am taking this space to thank everybody who has ever picked up a quarterlife. Thanks for your interest. I hope we fulfilled your need. Thanks for everybody with the confidence in themselves to think their voice should be heard by others and braved their writing in the public's eye. Thanks Ben Gannon, the man with the plan. Thanks to Kim Hooyboer who keeps quarterlife afloat and thanks to the rest of the staff for struggling through the rough debut year. Thanks Carly Rue for helping us get started. Thanks George Bridges, Dean Cleveland, and ASWC for financial support. Thanks English Department for teaching me; especial thanks for Andrew Osborn who is a fantastic professor as well as the faculty advisor to quarterlife. Thanks Hashimoto, Scott Elliot, Josh Emmons, Katrina Roberts, Don Snow, and all the other professors who help writers reach their potential on the page. Thanks everyone involved in blue moon and Pioneer because the literary universe can never be too big and the bigger the better.
I have learned some things here that I feel I need pass on to the younger folks. The most important thing I have to say is hygiene is important. When in class don't say, "I feel like" and then state some opinion, there is a better way to make statements in class. Don't talk about your significant other as if he or she were important to the class discussion, he or she does not have anything to do with Core. Some people can't grow beards and should just accept that. Keep writing as much as you can. Sometimes you just have to try growing a beard. Don't punch things. Sit up straight. Try to love others. If you can't love others, at least treat them with respect, we are all human. Never stop exploring. That includes reading as much as you can get your hands on. When you are about to graduate, don't think you are qualified to give any sort of advice. Give advice anyway because some things you say might be nice, like that love/respect thing was pretty nice but the rest is all trite. Know when to stop because the convention is too worn out and any sort of postmodern self-consciousness can't help it and that love/respect thing really wasn't all that good. Hope you thanked everyone. Remember to thank your parents.
I am glad that I am leaving here having accomplished something with this magazine. I am happily stepping away from it and I am looking forward to seeing how it changes and grows as different people filter through this school. Whitman, I feel like we've been good for each other. Goodbye.
editor-in-chief: Drew Arnold
layout editor: Kim Hooyboer
copy editor: Lizzie Norgard
staff: Ben Gannon, Danielle Alvarado, Toby Kahn, Ben Kegan, Stazh Zamkinos