By April Lynn Newell
Here it is.
The goodbye column.
So infamous and dreadfully sad that I have spent most of this semester planning it.
My initial plan, the one I spent honing for three months, was to print all my grievances against the school. But suddenly it dawned on me it would be a waste of ink (and energy) to rant and rave.
So my goodbye column, here we are. I have walked these halls, studied in the library and dorms, spent long days and nights in layout or proofreading on projects and papers for years now, all in preparation for this moment: to cross the threshold from scholar to worker. For the past 17 years, all I have known is textbooks and flashcards. Now it’s time to implement all I have learned.
I don’t know that anybody feels ready for this transition; it is a moment you just have to jump into and do. You know how, even if you don’t feel like you do.
Don’t worry, I’m almost done.
I want to thank God for every A (and the Bs that were not Cs), for every extra hour I was able to spend studying, for every friend I’ve made, for every apartment/home He provided me (complete with not one single missed meal), for wisdom (even if it took a trial to gain it) and for a multitude of friends and family members who have supported me through prayer, time and money over the years.
Thank you Logos staff for persevering through the changes over the last couple of years. I promise there was fruit and as long as you continue to persevere that fruit will continue!
I want to thank all the professors I’ve had over these four years who were more concerned about their students’ well-being than a paycheck. Thank you to the professors who inspired and challenged us to do better, to be better and to do something in this world with meaning.
For all the annoying and frustrating circumstances I have experienced here, I am leaving fully expecting to accomplish my dream, my passions and my desires. I hope we all feel this way, I hope we all leave encouraged and determined if not a little nervous. We have been preparing for nearly two decades, we can be successful!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
E-mail Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org