Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to denote the end of a line.
I’ll always remember everything about working at the Texan.
As an issue staffer, I became familiar with working long nights, navigating the Texas Sports website and fitting big words into tiny spaces. I discovered my love for fixing broken sentences and found my niche at UT.
As an associate copy desk chief, I learned where each department was located, became accustomed to being one of the last three people in the office and attended my first Daily Texan party. I learned that managing was uncomfortable and that Riley was Superman.
When I became copy desk chief, I learned that comfort zones are limiting and that people who are nothing like you are the best kinds of people. I learned that there are times to fight for clarity and style, but that those times aren’t an hour after deadline. I met three of my favorite friends and almost died with them at 4 a.m. on a snow day on a quest for Kerbey queso.
I’m eternally grateful for Shabab and Omar’s endless patience and Elisabeth’s yummy desserts. Although it drove me crazy, I’m going to miss hearing “What went wrong and what did we do well?” and occasionally just “What HAPPENED?” at the end of every work night. I’ll miss the talented, inquisitive kittens and the delirium that is tryouts.
Brett, Reeana and Kevin: The best part of my job has been watching y’all grow into the copy editors you are today, and I have no doubt that the copy desk will be the best it’s ever been in the coming semesters.
I’ll always remember the people I met at the Texan, the memories we made together and the lessons they taught me.
Once a copy cat, always a copy cat.