“I’ll be back.”
They’re the words of both the Terminator and Skeletor. And they’re my words to the “Erie Square Gazette” and Saint Clair County Community College.
In the fall I will find myself married and at Oakland University, starting a family and pursuing a career in journalism.
It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, I was a nervous guy walking into SC4 for the first time. I certainly hadn’t thought of being a journalist before, nor did I until my third semester.
At the risk of being cliché, I found myself at this college. In the past few years, I’ve been a reporter, a radio personality, a television anchor, an actor and an active community member.
Now I just found out I’m graduating Magna Cum Laude. Not bad for a high school dropout.
I’ve made some great friends here at SC4 and the “Gazette.” And I’ve had some experiences I wouldn’t trade for a king’s ransom.
Early in my term as Editor in Chief, a quartet of us had the brilliant idea to climb up McMorran tower and get photographs. Four people with journalists’ physiques trekked up a comically large spiral staircase, only to be met with a a room that had very little circulation or shade. We never said we were the smartest people in the room.
One October afternoon found me dressed as a Ghostbuster, walking through downtown Port Huron in the midst of a zombie parade. One of the stops found us in a museum full of brassieres. It was then that I knew my high school guidance counselor had no idea what he was talking about.
At first I thought it would be difficult to say “goodbye” to this place. But it grew easier as I realized it wasn’t a “goodbye,” but in fact a “see you later.”
I feel privileged to have called SC4 and the ESG my home. If it takes me years, decades or a whole lifetime, I’ll be back to support the college, the paper and those who make both of them possible.