What is a column? Is it where editors are allowed to rant about things that aren’t necessarily relevant to write a full-blown article?
Is it a privilege that editors are given because they spend hours upon hours reading others’ articles and deserve to write about something they love?
But I find my columns to be a lot different than your typical rant about everything that sucks in the world, or about something that I love. Let me start from the beginning, with who I am and why I love to write.
My name is Kaitlyn Akers and I am the editor-in-chief for Le Provocateur. I major in English: writing and mass communications and triple minor in sociology, peace and conflict studies, and women’s studies (sounds like a lot, I know, but it really isn’t).
I work as an assistant preschool teacher at the Worcester Jewish Community Center, and I love every second of it, even though I get put in “jail” multiple times by my four year olds.
My favorite show is World Wrestling Entertainment, and there is nothing that makes me happier than eating some food (unlimited apps at Friday’s, anyone?) and laughing with my friends. I love to cook and attempt to make new dishes, which has worked in my favor thus far.
If I had an unlimited amount of money, I would constantly buy coffee and chocolate because they make me happy. And although deadlines make me want to cry, punch a computer and consume large amounts of unhealthy food, I love it and it, too, makes me happy.
My roommates are my best friends, even though we tend to not agree on every situation that comes our way. They make being at Assumption much better than I originally thought it would be, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
But back to my original question: what is a column? And why do some editors have them and some don’t? One of the answers is quite simple: our first issue is full to the brim with articles (which I am so happy about) and we simply don’t have the room.
However, the other answer isn’t as simple as “because we can” and editors aren’t just people who hold red pens and eat donuts all day. Although it is a part of our life, just like you, we love to write, and we love to read.
So, when we take the time to write a column every issue, it isn’t because we want to rant about something that means nothing. It’s because we are passionate about what we do, about how words on paper can express what we can’t always say in person.
You can get to know someone through reading their column, and that’s why I gave you a little about me to read. I, like you, don’t always know how to express what I’m thinking verbally, so writing is an escape for me.
I want to be able to relate to my readers, because for all I know, my words could change someone’s point of view, make them laugh, make them cry and maybe, just maybe, I could help save someone from their darkest moment.
I’m no super woman, and I won’t claim to be. I’m a normal college student who is in a position to share an opinion without consequence. I have my ups and downs, and there are times where I want to quit. I’m not perfect, but no one really is.
I’m a student, a sister, a friend, a writer, an editor, a feminist, an aunt, a girlfriend and a cat lover. I am imperfectly me, because living in a perfect world is mundane and lifeless. I’m okay, finally, with being who I am, and I’m ready to share that with everyone.