Each year, graduate editors are given 30 final column inches – “30” historically used to mark the end of a story – to reflect their time in the hatchback that was published in the later issues of the year.
When I first joined the Hatch staff in my new year, the graduate managers were adults to me. They looked very old and smart, and I looked at them. Of course, they all knew the answers.
During my senior year, I thought I would have a great way to share. A great moment, the moral of the story, perhaps a feast. But as time goes on in my hatch – and in college – I sometimes feel like I still don’t know what to do.
I knew there was no secret wisdom to what you get with a high rank but rather a willingness to try. A perseverance and enthusiasm that comes when you have dedicated years to something.
Hatch is really about stepping up (some bigger than others), and all of a sudden you see and you’re ready to pass the torch. For me, my time on paper does not end in one big lesson, but in all the little secrets I learned at each step:
Cold ringing shows perseverance. Interviewing to create compassion. Editing increases patience. The rewrite added humility. Patching promotes creativity.
I think the moral of the story is that it doesn’t always have to be one – as long as you grow up along the way.
It’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be a journalist – or person – I am today without the hatches and editors who made it.
Thanks to everyone who helped me take a step back and learn more along the way.
Molly: The biggest gift Hatch gave me was your friendship. From day one as a culture manager, you are in my corner. When it comes to hatching, I’m really not without you. I am forever grateful to have you as my teammate, my colleague, my friend in crime and my best friend. Your tricks and talents will get you to this point. Thank you for living with me.
I: The first time our names appeared on paper, they were close to each other, and I will never forget them. Culture will not be what it is without you. You inspire me with your creativity and constant dedication to journalism. Your presence brings me pure pleasure, and I cannot wait to see you one day in your beautiful home in Maine.
Sarah Roach: Your leadership at Hatchet means a lot to me. I am very happy and grateful to have the privilege of working with you. Your ability to lead with grace and generosity continues to inspire me to this day, and I can’t wait to see what you do.
Sarah Ortz: Thanks for being my photo editor, but more importantly for being my friend. You are a very talented, interesting person. I know you will do great things and have great trips.
Olivia Dupree: You are the essence. Thanks for talking to me all these late nights in the downtown area. Thanks for leading the food conversation. And thanks for sharing your talent with Hatch. Your kindness and kindness inspire me.
Lindsay: The queen of my OG culture, food inspiration, and the first person I met as a new baby at Hatch – thanks for being an amazing manager. Thank you.
Grace Hormone: I’m so glad we got to be Hatch’s friends and classmates this year. Your dedication to the photo team is very inspiring, and I can’t wait to see all your accomplishments in the future.
Dante, Amanda and Thais: All three of you make me laugh. You all have such genuine talent and kindness. Dante, I love collaborating with you when I was culture manager because you always had the ability to bring new depth and creativity to a part. Amanda and Tais, you absolutely kill.
Yours: I must also give you the hatch credit for introducing me. Having you as my best friend means the world to me. Thank you for your thought, your support and your loyalty. You have inspired me to pursue my dreams, and I am forever grateful to have you in my life.
Parents: I owe you everything. I will not be where I am or who I am without your constant support and love. Thank you for always supporting my dreams.