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| Monday, February 28, 2022

As of the publication of this column, I have been Editor-in-Chief for 24 hours. It feels a little surreal that the time has arrived, but I also can already feel the time ticking. College has taught me that a lot can happen in a year but that a year also goes fast.

In the past month, numerous people have congratulated me on my election to Editor-in-Chief. Then, many of them have a couple of questions regarding my new role. How many people do you oversee? How many hours a week will you work? What are the perks of the job?

The last question has proved more difficult to answer than I expected. Given that I had thought about applying to be EIC since my freshman year, you would think that I would have an answer ready — and a good one at that. At first, my mind goes blank thinking, “Do I get any perks, or at the end of the day, is this just a job I’ve taken on — where I do what I need to do and then move to something else?”

However, I quickly realized the perks of the job were quite simple — so simple I think they go unsaid most times. The best perk is being a part of something so much bigger than yourself — a newsroom of almost 100 student journalists, being one of many people working in a dusty office in the basement of South Dining Hall, all contributing to a 50-year tradition.

Over the past two and a half years, I have at times struggled to convince myself that what I have to say is important enough to be said. In reality, that’s part of the reason I found my place in the news department; it was much easier to report and articulate how other people felt than write about how I felt. Yet, through my time at The Observer, I have been inspired by my fellow student journalists and in the meaning of their words and work.

I grew up hearing my Dad’s stories from writing in The Observer’s sports department and eventually serving as sports editor his senior year at Notre Dame — back when editors had business cards. (Feel old, Dad?) That’s really the reason I got involved my freshman year. And I just never left.

There have been challenges getting here — and there will be challenges in the future. It is only with the help of The Observer Editorial Board, everyone on our staff and the tri-campus student body that I can lead the paper. This may be the beginning of my year leading it, but for the paper, it’s just another transition.

And to wrap up this short, something of an introduction of myself today, I want to extract a quote from the first edition of The Observer on Nov. 3, 1966: “Editors are of little use, however, without dedicated and capable staffers to get the job done.”

Thank you to everyone who dedicates even an inkling of their time to this paper — we appreciate you more than you know, and you make our content strong, diverse and impactful. Now that I’ve said that, that’s enough talking from me … for now.

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

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About Alysa Guffey

Alysa is a junior and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief. She is pursuing a major in history with minors in digital marketing and journalism, ethics and democracy. While she calls Breen-Phillips her home on campus, she is originally from Indianapolis.

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