The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


The Student News Site of Gannon University since 1947


Everything in life happens for a reason

I can’t believe it’s almost here… graduation day.

There are so many times that I sit and reflect on everything that’s happened, everything that has gotten me to this point in my life. There were times where I was struggling so much and so stressed that I never thought I’d reach the finish line and get my degree.

I chose Gannon because in comparison to other schools, it had such a variety of majors to get a degree in if I ever changed my mind.

I started out as a foreign language major but switched after my first year. I ended up in journalism communication after my adviser asked me my interests. I said that I loved listening to music, especially on the radio.

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After changing my major, my new adviser was Frank Garland. The first day I met him, he asked me if I was a writer or would ever consider writing for The Gannon Knight.

I was honest and told him that the most writing I ever do is writing papers for academic purposes. I don’t like to write if I don’t have to. I don’t write for fun.

He seemed sad, but he never ceased to persistently remind me over the next four years that I could always start writing for the paper.

Then I stared taking his classes, as part of my major, and after the first assignment he told me that I write so well. It shocked him that I said I didn’t like writing. It also shocked me that someone actually thought I could write well.

The first story of mine was published on Oct. 25, 2017, and was only online. It was an assignment where my class visited the Erie Sports Commission. I can’t remember how many times I stared at the website watching the views go up as I sat in utter disbelief that something I wrote was published.

I didn’t end up writing again until the next semester. My first story published in print also landed on the front page because it was a news story. I wrote how the theology department had undergone some changes. Even then, somehow, I knew that it was only the beginning of what is now a collection of written work.

Including my stories for this final issue of the paper, I have written a total of 26 stories, not including my columns I’ve written for every issue as an editor.

Just a few weeks ago, I also won awards for two of my stories at the 42nd annual Gannon Writing Awards Program. I won first place in the news category for “Gannon removes name of former bishop” and third place in the same category for “Gannon unveils cyber programs, I-HACK Center.”

Not only have I been published, but now I can say I’ve won awards too.

I don’t think any of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t changed my major.



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