Sarah Wolak, '22

This newspaper has been my home for the past three years, and it feels weird entering my senior year of college without spending the first Monday of the semester in the Observer office. This time, my last first semester of college will be spent almost 500 miles away in Washington, D.C as I begin my semester internship and get a taste of being a journalist in the real world.

As Editor-in-Chief, I experienced a year of fulfillment and growth through my experiences running the paper. I became more confident in myself as a writer and communicator, and I strengthened my ties to my college community and the staff who make up that community. To the Endicott staff and all who I interacted with, thank you for accepting me with open arms into my new role this year. I especially want to thank Bryan Cain and his staff for providing me with ample story ideas and always making time to meet with me to discuss the paper.

I’d be lying if I said that this year was easy for the Observer. Being almost completely virtual was no easy feat, especially for a campus organization that thrives on attending events and socialization. It was a year full of personal and club-wide obstacles that we overcame as individuals and as a team.

While this year was tough, the Observer shined through dark times. We covered sporting events and profiles after games resumed on campus, we kept the campus community informed about Covid-19 protocols and changes as they happened, and we used our platform to extend our support to the arts, resident assistants, and everyone who did their best to make this academic year as normal as possible.

All of this couldn’t have been possible without the support I had on my newspaper team. I was blessed to have a great team of well-rounded writers representing the paper and myself, and I want to thank them for that. Joe, Maddie, and George, all three of you were a great team to work with this year, and I wish you all the best with your future endeavors beyond the Observer and Endicott. To our incoming editors, Barrett and Lauren, I wish you both the best and advise you to embrace every opportunity the Observer has to offer.

To my advisor, Katie: thank you for our Tuesday and Thursday afternoon chats that helped me develop leadership skills and confidence behind the scenes. I could always count on you to talk ideas through with and be my soundboard for everything going on in my life, Observer or not. You are a wonderful advisor and always accepted my ideas with ease, support, and warmth.

As I leave one role behind and reach for the next challenge that comes my way, I also want to extend gratitude towards our readers for their continued support and enthusiasm about their campus newspaper. Without readers, the Observer wouldn’t be as strong and successful as it is.

This is one of the most bittersweet pieces I’ve written. As I write, I reflect on my 17-year-old self who one day aspired to become the Observer’s Editor-in-Chief. As this door now closes and another one opens, I refuse to say goodbye to the paper that has become my passion and my sanctuary. It’s not a goodbye, Observer, but rather a see you later.