As George Washington High School’s Thursday graduation approached, I’ve had plenty of time to think about my high school experiences. There have been things I wish I would have done, but primarily there are things I am proud to have done. Over the past few years, I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities, which all include writing.
When I was in the seventh grade, my sister wrote an article about me for FlipSide. I remember thinking that I hated being written about, but that I wanted to write about others, to tell their stories. Although I wasn’t too confident about my writing abilities or about other people reading my writing, I had my sister get me an application.
For a fairly shy person such as myself, that was a giant step. But looking back, I can say it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
FlipSide is where I found an adoration for writing. Movie and album reviews and play previews became a passion of mine. A couple years ago, FlipSide’s former editor, Amy Robinson, saw my potential and gave me one of the greatest writing opportunities I’ve ever received. I got the pleasure of interviewing Dylan Gardner, an up-and-coming musician based in California. After doing that interview and writing an article about him, I developed an undeniable passion for writing about artists.
After writing about Ricky Cooper, a young country singer from West Virginia, I found myself wanting to branch out even more. In early 2015, I took the leap and began writing for Enterteenment News, a website centered on entertainment for teens. Through that, I’ve had the privilege of writing about up-and-coming actors on teen shows, as well as writing about an award show co-hosted by actor and rapper Ludacris and Comic Relief’s “Red Nose Day” when the show first came to the U.S.
This past year, I was also given the opportunity to edit the George Washington High School Post, my high school’s news blog. As a former writer for the publication, it was a great experience to see what other students were writing about and how they did it. It’s given me a glimpse into what editing is like and what the blog will be like once I’ve graduated.
While other students my age played sports, I buried myself in my writing. I would write as much as I could, whenever I could. Writing, especially entertainment journalism, has become a strong foundation for my life. I could easily do it for the rest of my life, if given the opportunity.
As my senior year comes to an end, my time with FlipSide is also coming to a close. It has been the best part of my high school years. I’ve learned so much about journalism.
Closing the Flipside chapter of my life is like ending the first book in a series - it’s bittersweet. It’s an unforgettable chapter, but it’s the beginning to even grander experiences.
Thank you to the former and current staff of FlipSide for making the publication what is today, and what it will be in the future. I look forward to reading your issues.
Until then, I’ll see you on the flipside.