Story by Taylor Hodges, Sports Editor
Photo courtesy of The Saint
I started writing for this newspaper during my spring semester of my first-year after being pressured, or highly-encouraged, to pick up some sports articles by the previous sports editor. I figured I’d help her out since she didn’t have many writers.
I’ve been a sports guy my whole life and loved reading articles online but never thought to compose my own. Before this opportunity, I had absolutely no experience writing a sports article or any type of article for that matter. I kind of knew how sports articles were structured so I just went with that and they ended up turning out pretty good. Sure, I’m not a comma wizard but I get my point across and seeing as how she didn’t have a lot of writers anyway, she was probably okay taking a few extra minutes to edit my pieces.
For nearly every issue I’d pick up a sports article, sometimes writing more than one. I did this for the next two years, never getting paid or expecting anything in return. Writing was something that I had fallen in love with, and having the added pressure to turn things in on time kept me going.
After those two years, the sports editor wanted to depart and seeing as how I was pretty much the only writer for sports I got thrown into the job. With this new title, I not only had to write columns and articles, but I had to learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign to format my section of the paper. I had never used InDesign before and it took some time to figure things out. Thank you Mayra for being patient with me and answering all my questions. There’s been days where I’ve been really stressed out because it’s been a production weekend and I have a lot of other things going on, but I would never trade those moments for anything.
I have loved being involved with this paper and it’s truly been one of the best experiences I’ve had at Aquinas. A lot of students are going to remember the games they’ve played on their sports teams, or maybe the occasional party that doesn’t get shut down by midnight, but for me, I’ll always remember this newspaper as being the highlight of my college days. What makes it so special for me is the people. They have been a family to me and although they might not know this, I’m going to miss getting together with them every Wednesday for our meetings, seeing our advisor, seeing if we have any new writers showing up, and working in the office with them.
When you’re a senior, you’re worried about graduating,finding a job, ordering your cap and gown, and making sure you’ve covered all your bases so you can actually walk. As the days go by, I’m worried about those things, but I’m also sad that this journey is coming to an end. The journey of being involved with this paper and all of its wonderful staff for the last four years. It feels like it flew by and I guess that’s what happens when you really enjoy what you’re a part of.
I’m not sure how many students actually read our paper, but if you have, I hope I’ve written something that you’ve enjoyed and impacted your life through writing just as much as this newspaper has impacted mine. I didn’t want to write a typical piece on my favorite sports teams. I tried to write things that mattered and kept me up at night. Although my stuff is in print and online, I’m not sure if it will last forever. I hope it does though.
Thank you to this staff for giving me memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I know I’m a serious guy, but I’ve enjoyed every minute being with you. For those of you still sticking around, take care of this paper for me. Hopefully it gives to you as much as it gave to me.
About the writer…
Taylor Hodges is a senior majoring in Sport Management/ Business Administration. He is the sports editor for The Saint and interns with the public relations department for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He hopes to one day break into the hockey business as a General Manager, but until then, encourages you to follow him on Twitter and download his mixtape.