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Workin' nine to five

By Alexa Armstrong | Managing Editor
On June 4, 2012

I have a very strong work ethic. I go to school full time, just like everyone else, and I have two jobs. Sometimes I pride myself on my ability to be self-sufficient; I hardly ever have to ask my parents for help. But obviously I have not always been this way.

During my sophomore year of college I was cut off financially and shoved out of the nest once and for all. This was the best thing that ever happened to me. Granted, at the time I did not think of this as a golden opportunity but it truly was. It took me a while to get back on my feet and get my life together.

I learned so much about myself as the money in my savings account quickly dwindled. I learned that when I really need and want something, I get it. And what I really needed and wanted was a job. So, I did not rest until I got one. Adrienne Hare hired me in January of 2011 to be her assistant for the Western Alumni Association and I have worked there ever since.

This job was and is so much more than a salary to me. Adrienne and all of the people I work with at the Cottage have become sort of like a family to me. Adrienne gave me a job when I needed it the most; she helped me steady myself as I took my first steps into the real world, and for that I will be forever grateful and loyal. As I fell into my niche at the Cottage, I started to realize that I could handle more; I wanted to challenge myself. What I wanted was another job. So as I said before, I usually get what I want.

My first year at Western I knew where and what I wanted to be. I wanted to be involved somehow in the media. I wanted to work for Western's newspaper. It did not take me long to snoop out the media office on campus and ask if there were any openings on staff. Of course there were not, and most of the people who were currently on staff would be returning the following year. So that dream was put on hold, until I came to this realization.

I saw that The Western Oregon Journal was looking for an Advertisement manager. I quickly applied for the job and was hired on the spot. Within a month of working for The Western Oregon Journal, I was promoted to Managing Editor. I had this image in my head, it seemed unattainable, unimaginable, but I was so close I could taste it, and just like that my new goal was set. I wanted to be Editor-in-Chief.  

You know you sincerely love something when you fearlessly chase it after you have been told numerous times to turn around and run the other way. Clearly, I am either a masochist, or I love The Journal because I am its new Editor-In-Chief.

Nevertheless, my loyalty will always be with Western. It has given me more than anyone or anything ever could.   It has given me an education, it has given me wonderful experiences I would not trade for anything, and it never ceases to present life changing opportunities.

My intention is great, my loyalty fierce, and I promise to provide nothing short of everything I have to give. Here is to 2013; it is going to be one hell of a year.

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