On Watch: The Editor's Eye

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Kristina Wyman's picture
Pablo A. Sierra Carmona

It’s almost here, huh. Graduation, that is.

Four years have almost passed, and I feel so different yet so similar to the eager freshman Pablo that first stepped foot on this campus with his obnoxiously loud laugh and wide smile.

When I first came to Assumption, I wanted to be biology major. I was determined to pursue medical school after graduation. Now I look back and laugh as loud as I did when first I saw Tina Fey and Amy Poehler impersonate Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

I was naïve and stubborn. Anything besides pursuing medical school seemed silly to me. Never in my life did I think I’d be an economics major or the Editor-in-Chief of my college’s newspaper.

One, because I never considered myself one with a quantitative mind. Second, because I wasn’t a good writer. I guess I’m pretty lucky to call myself both. After I had my little (huge) “WHAT WILL I MAJOR IN AND DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?” crisis, I found myself exploring multiple disciplines and being intrigued by all of them. But there was one that stuck with me: economics. It wasn’t until my junior year when I started to take the bulk of my economics courses, where I started to take classes with Dr. Kantarelis, Dr. Fahy, Dr. White and Dr. Rao, that I became fascinated with how economists think. These professors brought the sometimes scary and always challenging economic theory down to the actual, practical real-world scenario. Every topic, every graph, every derivative had some sort of connection with people and the real world.

And while I was starting to find my place in the economics department, I quickly took notice of my weak writing after I got a horrifying C+ from an Honors Life Stories paper with Dr. Lang. While all of my peers excelled in the course, I felt behind the wave. Not quite fitting in with the mold of what an honors student was. So I decided to attend a Provoc meeting. I was sitting in a huge square table surrounded by a large group of intimidating editors and staff writers. And then there was me, silly Pablo thinking: “I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.” But I decided not to. For that issue I wrote a piece on the Spanish Film Series on campus. The rest was history. I wrote for every issue, and I slowly started to enjoy writing. Dr. Lang ironically was one of the people who interviewed me for Editor-in-Chief.

A few years have passed and it’s bittersweet to look back. I’ve had a great run at Assumption. I’ve met great professors, made awesome friends and eaten plenty of donuts. But I’ve also grown. I’ve had tremendous opportunities that I still cannot believe came my way. I’ve learned it’s okay to be afraid. But it’s even better to improve. Assumption’s taught me that taking risks makes life all the better. When I declared my major, at the time I thought it was a gamble. When I became the Provoc’s Editor-in-Chief, I wasn’t sure I could keep up to the previous year’s success.

I’m deciding to take a risk again. To do something that’s scary but exciting at the same time. To do the same thing I did four years ago; go somewhere new and different. A place that will help me grow, just like Assumption did. I jumped the puddle from Puerto Rico four years ago. This year, I’ll be packing up my things the day of Commencement and driving down to Washington, D.C. I’ll be leaving New England—my home away from home—to pursue something that will help me grow and discover the complicated but intriguing world of politics. So wish me luck. This won’t be the last time you hear from me.

Until then—

SCOTUS wannabe

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