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Published: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

Vicky Flores

The Battalion

Vicky Flores, summer 2010 editor in chief

Here it is: a new start, a clean slate, a window of opportunity. As you take your first steps into your college life, think carefully about who you want to be.

When I was a freshman, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to be a part of a tradition, something unique. I wanted to leave my legacy at this University, so I applied for The Battalion.

I remember nervously walking into the newsroom to hand in my application, but when I arrived there I was surprised at the friendly welcome and knew I had found my home.

My freshman year, I was a reporter for the city desk, which I loved. I had the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and it was my job to tell their story. As a reporter, you are the paper, and there is so much freedom in choosing whose story to tell and how to tell it.

As a sophomore, I started working in the newsroom as the city editor, which I loved even more. Articles came in from reporters, and my job was to edit all of the news stories and decide which stories would be published in upcoming issues. It was a dream job to plan and put together the paper every day.

This summer working as editor-in-chief, I have learned so much about journalism and the news business. Not only have I learned about this career, but I have made friends and learned about who I am.

I encourage you to join The Battalion. We have news and sports reporters, opinion and lifestyle writers, photographers, page designers, copy editors, videographers, graphic designers, podcast personalities and advertising sales representatives. There are many ways to contribute and be a part of this time-honored tradition.

Even if journalism isn't your calling, find out what is. Try everything you can while you're in college and don't let a moment go to waste. Get involved and find your home within Texas A&M, as I have found mine. Discover for yourself what being an Aggie is all about.


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