Column: Four fast years that I wouldn't change at all

By Brandon Lawrence
On April 13, 2012

It's funny how, when people told me after I graduated high school that the next four years would fly by, I laughed and shrugged off that notion. How could four years possibly fly by?

But I was wrong. Four years of college came and went like a summer usually does. It was a blur.

But while a large part of my UNH career was spent listening to lectures, sitting in the lounge at the end of the Gables South hallway writing essays and sitting in HoCo for extended periods of time, it's what I did out of the classroom that defined my four years.

I might not be able to tell you what the lecture subjects from my classes were a few days ago, but I remember the first time I walked into The New Hampshire's newsroom to pick up my first story assignment. It was a feature for the sports section on the collegiate basketball three-point line that had been moved back a foot from the year before. It was on page 19 below the fold with a color picture of the Wildcats playing against Suffolk University in the 2008-09 season opener. I never looked back after that.

I've been in the newsroom for countless hours over four years, and I wouldn't give any of those hours back to do something differently - whether that be going to the beach on a nice spring day, or going to the bars on Thursday nights. And this isn't going to be the cliché column saying that I'll miss the laughs we had, or the fun times we've all shared. Everyone knows that I'll miss that.

Instead, what I'll miss is burying my head in my hands after reading a poorly written lead, and knowing everyone around me feels the same way, but is smiling about it. Because I know that every lead I read and had to rewrite made me better. But the best part was that I got to share it with the rest of the staff.

The people around me in the newsroom are the ones to thank for making these four years so memorable. From taking trips to the Boston Marathon to watch Tom run, to family dinners around the couches in MUB 156 (or HoCo, depending on the night), I can sincerely say that any moment spent with them was a moment not wasted.

Thank you to the readers for making anything I wrote worth the work. It has been an honor.

Finally - four short years later - it's time to move on.

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