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Graduations and Goodbyes
By Alina Croft (Instagram: lina_gail, Twitter: alina_croft)
This is Bittersweet…
My Anthony Around Town-ers, I am sad to say it, but my time with you all is quickly coming to a close. It’s been made apparent that I am an intern, and my internship was based on my final semester of the college senior year. This term is coming to an end, and in turn, so are my days of interviewing my fellow Elko natives and writing about the fantastic unsung things that they do for our town.
The last five months of my life have felt the quickest to pass of any period I can remember. In early January, I put out my first feature, and now I am preparing my list for next week. I don’t feel like it has been enough time to conclude this. So, I am taking time this week, instead of highlighting a business or community member, to say goodbye. I have received so much support and love from our readers, which has pushed me to become a better writer and more passionate about the work that I already loved doing.
Thank you all for the reads, the comments, the shares, the ideas, and for taking the time to get me in my short period as part of the crew. I will cherish this unique and fulfilling experience as I keep moving forward in my life, education, and career.
On to the Next
I can’t leave our die-hard readers leaving with a goodbye and a vague “I’m moving forward,” though, so I’ll give you some insight into my next few years.
I am lucky enough to be graduating from the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity of the Beta Mu chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno, and with my Bachelors of Art in Journalism with an emphasis on print writing and a minor in Addiction Studies.
My four years at this University that historically just began as the University of Nevada right on our Elko High School campus has taken hold of my heart and is not ready to give up its grip on me quite yet.
This coming fall semester, beginning August 2021, I will start a master’s program with the Reynolds School of Journalism at Nevada, and I could not be more proud of myself or excited to begin this next chapter of my life. It’s going to be challenging, but I know, or at least hope, I am ready to take it on full force.
And With That…
I always end my features of our townspeople with advice or something important I think our readers should know about them. This time it’s me, so here is what I have to say; Do that thing that scares you, take that chance, and jump for the stars. I am where I am because I moved away from home all by myself (which terrified me) and began college. I told myself I would do this myself and do whatever it took to accomplish it, and four years later, I have.
I want nothing more than to see my people of Elko taking their chance, whatever that may be, and succeeding or learning from its journey. I know someone famous, at some time said, something along the lines that you learn more from not growing, so take those times and apply them to a new chance. I believe in you all and know you can do it.
So with that, goodbye (until next week because I have one more special feature planned), and I can’t wait to support this publication from the outside and watch Anthony grow it even more.
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Until next time, we’ll see you around, Elko!