MANAGING EDITOR RELIVES LYNN EXPERIENCE
By David Czarlinsky
As I get set to walk across the graduation stage, I would have never thought I wouldbe writing a reflection as the managing editor of the school newspaper. Being involved in the iPulse was something I never expected, but it has absorbed the last three semesters of my time at Lynn and I am forever grateful for the experience.
During my freshman year, Professor Stefanie Powers pulled me aside in her Journalism I course, insisting she saw potential in me to become an incredible writer. In that class, I found my passion for journalism. Later, I discovered my love for the iPulse.
iPulse was more than just a school newspaper for me. In fact, iPulse became my life during my senior year. The publication has been an ideal opportunity to share stories and bring them to life, all while creating life-long friendships behind-the-scenes.
From that moment in Journalism I, I began to appreciate writing so much more and found a desire to create more than just articles. I found a desire to combine writing with my love for sports and my job in the Office of Athletic Communications, beginning to write game recaps for Lynn.
Since freshman year, I have had the honor to work in Athletic Communications, a department that has given me the opportunity to expand my passion for journalism. By writing post-game recaps, broadcasting games and serving as a sideline reporter, the office showed me what I want to do in the future.
Whether it was entering stats at a basketball game, watching a 13-inning softball game at midnight or having the opportunity to operate as information director for the cross-country teams last fall, Chad Beattie and Alex Slocum each empowered me to take on leadership roles in Athletic Communications. In addition to highlighting my future path, they both focused on creating a fun, uplifting work atmosphere.
Beyond my time working with Lynn athletics, I served as a resident assistant (RA) and community advisor (CA), was a member of the Knights of the Roundtable and took on high-ranking roles with both the Lynn Leadership Institute (LLI) and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
I applied to be an RA because Hannah Link pulled me aside during an LLI session freshman year and mentioned the position to me. The idea of free room and board was the motivation behind the process, but holding positions in the department was so much more than that.
Serving as an RA and CA helped shape me into the leader I am today. Dealing with very unusual situations has showed me to think on my feet unlike anything else in the world. I am incredibly thankful to everyone who helped pave the path for me in Housing and Residence Life.
Although at times working with so many different departments on campus was exhausting, I was able to learn from so many people and create life-changing experiences and relationships.
Through my involvement, many individuals have guided me to where I am today. I would like to thank the entirety of the Center for Student Involvement team, Meagan Elsberry, Hannah Link, Tyler Casey and Anthony Altieri for believing in me and supporting me through it all.
Lynn gave me numerous opportunities, many of which I would not have received elsewhere. Although many individuals have insisted that I have been too involved through the years, my time in college has truly passed in the blink of an eye.
In the end, I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout my entire journey. They each have had my back since I first arrived at Lynn, and I most definitely would not be here without them.
As I move on from Lynn, I look forward to pursuing a master’s degree at East Tennessee State University, where I will also be a graduate assistant in their Athletic Communications office.