The overwhelming joy of graduation day

The overwhelming joy of graduation day

Each morning and each night I look at my journalism degree from Temple University, I remember the challenges I overcame to get it, including the fear of never receiving it at all. The overwhelming euphoria I felt when it finally arrived in the mail is something I still carry to this day. It can never really be replicated or taken away. In the beginning, I never saw myself attending college. I never saw it as the important factor it would become in my life. I grew up in and still live in North Philadelphia. A college graduate is something not often seen coming from a low income household or an impoverished neighborhood. I remember walking through my neighborhood on graduation day, a cool spring day, twiddling my fingers as my gown blew in the breeze. This would actually be my second degree. The first came from the Community College of Philadelphia just a few years prior. Though I was older, and some things...
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My Trip To The New York Times

My Trip To The New York Times

This past summer I was given the opportunity to visit The New York Times with a friend of mine, Ben Harris, and sit in on the paper's evening Page One meeting. It was pretty interesting and I was just blown away by the entire experience. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be sitting in on a meeting at the Times. What stood out to me the most when I first arrived was that every cubicle in the newsroom seemed to be filled, slightly different from the visits I've done with the Philadelphia Inquirer or Philadelphia Daily News. I know there have been layoffs at the Times but it didn't seem like it to me. You could really feel confidence in the room, if that makes sense. Michael Slackman, who was then Deputy Foreign Editor and now Head of the Foreign Desk, was our tour guide for the day. Michael is a pretty awesome guy and knows his...
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