A Goodbye From Your Editors-In-Chief

A Goodbye From Your Editors-In-Chief

Ryan Ricks:

Oh man, where do I begin? I’ll miss the U-Post so, so much. The U-Post was the first club that I got heavily involved in after transferring to UHS at the beginning of sophomore year. At that point, the only writing experience I had was a handful of stories I wrote as a kid, so I was a bit nervous about my writing not being up to par. But when Karen and I published our first article together, I knew how much I’d love writing for this newspaper. I’ve never been very good with speaking, but I’ve always had a lot to say, and writing for the U-Post allowed me to put on a page what I couldn’t verbalize, and I love how the U-Post gives everyone this opportunity. Writers have the freedom to write about anything they want and the U-Post supports them every step of the way. We’re not a big, official newspaper that you have to take a class to join. We’re small, filled with people who write because they want to, coming up with endlessly great and creative ideas.

It’s been amazing to see the growth of this newspaper. We’ve been posting more and more articles every year, and we’ve had a lot of different writers, especially this year. We’ve also been adding new sections and series to the U-Post. I loved bringing our new satire section, The Kale, to the paper. One of my favorite memories from the U-Post was when we brought Sarah’s “Dear Hank” idea to life. To date, that remains one of our most popular article series, and it’s easy to see why.

Writing this last editor’s note makes me reflect on the beginning of my “career” at the U-Post. My first article was Karen and I’s joint article about whitewashing in Hollywood, and I’ll admit, I had no reason to be in it. She wrote all the good stuff and I wrote the not-so great paragraphs at the end. But I’m okay with that. It was my first piece of writing and honestly I’m glad that I wasn’t great at it at first, because that allowed me to grow. And to anyone reading, I want you to know that no matter where you start, you will end up better than where you began. The U-Post supported me even through my worst articles, and it will do the same for you.

I think the one thing that made the U-Post so enjoyable for me is that every step of the way, I had a friend by my side. Karen and I went to the first U-Post meeting together and joined together. We wrote our first few articles together and even when we started writing our own articles, we often sent them to each other for editing. We both became junior editors last year, and now we’re Co-Editors-in-Chief. For one thing, this makes me glad that we’re in the same grade, because it would be sad if one of us left before the other. But in all seriousness, I am glad that we’ve been at each other’s side throughout all this.

It’s likely no secret that I’ve put a lot into the U-Post, probably more than what’s healthy. Both last year and this year, I wrote every email that the U-Post account sent out, as well as most of the reminders that the club would meet on Monday morning and every recap email. I organized the Google Doc of articles, obsessively so, making sure every space was perfect. For most articles I edited, I tried to send a personalized response back to the writer. I’d spend entirely too long on every social media caption I wrote, changing out words to hype up the article as much as possible. I wanted to make everything as good as it could be for the writers and the readers because that’s what editors should do. I’m the kind of person who cares a lot about the little details, because they’re what make the bigger whole. The U-Post can’t be what it is today without the little details—editors who care, writers who like writing, and a community that takes the time to check their emails and submit responses to Dear Hank.

At this point I’m writing a resume and talking about myself too much, so now I want to spend time talking about the others who have made the U-Post what it is for me. I’ve already talked about Karen but I can do it again. She supported all the articles I wrote, which I’ll forever be grateful for. Not only that, but she did a lot of the “behind-the-scenes” work, specifically on the website, which she updated a lot this year, which is amazing because having a usable site is the best. There’s Sarah, an incredible junior editor, who not only came up with Dear Hank but who’s also come up with many great article ideas and who’s organizational skills are awesome. She’s also come up with so many great ideas that I hope the U-Post will be able to implement in the fall. There’s Keegan, the other great junior editor this year. He brought pretty much all of the articles about music to the U-Post, bringing some new topics to our lineup. There’s the two new junior editors who will start next year, Avani and Allie. They started writing this year and they have been two of the most dedicated writers I’ve seen at the U-Post. Not only do they publish so many articles, but all of them are great reads too. I’m confident they’ll make great junior editors next year. Lastly, there’s all of our awesome and amazing writers who I love and wish I had enough space to talk about each of, but if I did this would no longer be an editor’s note, more like an editor’s novella. I just want you guys to know that if you’ve written an article, or if you’ve even just gone to a meeting, you’re awesome.

Writers, there will be articles that you like and dislike. There will be times where you hit writer’s block so hard that you question why you even decided to join the school newspaper. There will be times where you finish writing and you wonder how anyone could like the word barf you just put on the page. These moments will pass, and trust me, as long as you write true to yourself, and you let yourself run wild at the keyboard without limiting how you express yourself, you will always like your articles more than you dislike them.

I’ve written a lot for what is supposed to be a short goodbye, and I still feel like I haven’t said everything, and I know I won’t be able to, not in words, so I’ll go ahead and end it here. Even though I’m sad to leave it, I know the U-Post will be in great hands. We picked Sarah and Keegan as junior editors for a reason—their hard work and dedication to the U-Post. And I know that they picked their own junior editors for similar reasons. They’ll make great Editors-in-Chief, and I’m confident the U-Post will thrive with them at the reins.


Karen Wang:

Writing for the U Post has been a highlight of my time at UHS. I started writing when I was a sophomore, when I was still hesitant and insecure to share my words with others. To others who share this fear, I want to let you know that it’s okay. Your writing is good enough. No matter what interests you to write about, no matter how niche and obscure your topic might be, no matter how objectively “good” you think you are at writing, you will be welcomed at the U Post.

For me, I started out by focusing on things that dug under my skin and ate away at me. I wrote op-eds about things that hit particularly close to home, things like whitewashing of Asian characters, hate crimes, and affirmative action policy. But I eventually expanded my horizons, as we always seek to do at UHS, and wrote about other things that mattered to me too, like the movie Crazy Rich Asians and my favorite band, BTS. Hopefully that helps to show the breadth of articles you can find at the U Post.

I think one of coolest things I’ve been a part of at the U Post has been creating our personality quiz section and our satire section, the Kale. It’s been so much fun writing articles for the Kale and creating personality quizzes like “How likely are you to lose your AirPods?” and “What UHS teacher are you?” I really hope the U Post continues to produce some lighthearted and entertaining content in the future, because we could all use that every now and then.

It’s been an honor to work alongside great minds at the U Post, but I have to give a special shoutout to Ryan, who always encouraged me to follow through with my ideas and who, in all honesty, held the U Post together with her bare hands this year. Her organization and planning made everything really fall into place this year, and it’s been wonderful to work with her the past three years, whether that was through writing together, proofreading each other’s articles, or planning things for the U Post. I know it’ll be very hard to accept that we won’t be newspaper pals in the fall, but I am so grateful for the friendship we share.

I’m more than confident that Sarah and Keegan, along with the new junior editors, will do an amazing job next year. What’s wonderful about the U Post is that every editor has left their mark on it, and I can’t wait to see what impacts our new editors-in-chief will leave on the U Post. So while this is a goodbye from me, this is also a reminder to stay tuned for what’s next for the U Post because in the fall the U Post will be back and better than ever!

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