The Assistant Managing Editor's Note: Getting the Swing Back
By: Auburn Mann
We are now approaching the second month of school here at Bowie State University. As many students, professors, administrators and other faculty members continue to get back into the swing of things; many are also dealing with the stress that can accompany change. This change can appear in the form of different classes, new professors, new students, a heavier course load, if you're a campus resident, the challenges that can come with a new roommate, and so on. For the freshmen class of 2014, they are facing a major shift: many of them are coming from a situation of being at the top of the student classification hierarchy to starting all over again in a completely new environment. This experience is not necessarily limited to the student body. There are a few new faculty members who are trying to get adjusted to their new positions at the university and are probably having a similar experience as they get acclimated to their new roles. Most notably, people like the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones who is joining us from Benedict College where she served in the capacity Senior Vice President; Major Blackwell, who is the new leader of the Army ROTC program at Bowie State; and new Athletic Director Anton Goff, a former Associate Director for the Academic Support and Career Development Unit (ASCDU) from University of Maryland College Park, as well as many more staff members who are new to the Bulldog family.
Even if you're facing something that's familiar, you could be experiencing that same thing in an entirely different manner. For example, many graduating seniors are going through a type of "senioritis" as they go through a stressful season and brace themselves for their final year or semester at Bowie State. This can be very exciting, yet it can also provoke anxiety, as they get ready to depart from a place that has been their home for the past few years and into the professional world. Since this is the case, many realize that it will be their last time as whatever they are and have been for as long as they've been here. Whether it's as a student athlete, a member of some campus organization or just simply a student, many are concerned over how their final year will turn out. Many perceive this situation as the last chance to accomplish something they have been pursuing their entire collegiate career before they graduate. Many athletes are frantic about the results of their final performances in the athletic realm. Many, who have been a part of clubs and campus organizations their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years, might be finally located the nerve to step up and assume a leadership role. Many might simply be trying to earn and receive a certain grade point average or at least maintain one already established.
Also, many students who have recently attained a certain level in some facet of their lives are combating intense feelings of nervousness over what the outcome of their efforts will be. Personally, I can definitely relate to this. Recently, I was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for The Spectrum this school year. Initially, I was very excited, however, as I further contemplated on it, the responsibility became increasingly intimidating. As I grew more and more worried at my "potential" inadequacies for this great responsibility, I was given a quote of explorer Sir Edward Hilary, "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." After meditating on that message, much of my self-doubt was erased and I realized that I must have been chosen for a reason. So I am stepping forward in faith, and in the confidence that I have what it takes to succeed and become the best Assistant Managing Editor I can possibly become.
As I finish up this first assignment as the official Assistant Managing Editor, I hope it has inspired all of you who are reading it. I thank you for your support. As I continue to grow in my journalistic skills, I hope you as an audience can continue to support and offer constructive feedback by generating possible topics and ideas that you believe could make suitable subjects for future editorials. I believe that with this mutual effort, we as a university and community will have a blessed and prosperous, and informed year.