Remember My Name
Posted on January 13, 2014 by Madison Moore, '15.
Picture a 17-year-old typical high school student; fingers crossed and eyes shut as she tears open a potential acceptance letter to a college where she applied.
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Fast forward about two and a half years and there stands a not-so-typical 20-year-old, determined and not ready to leave the college without everyone knowing her name.
I am that student.
I am a junior media and communication major at Delaware Valley College, which comes as a surprise to most people on and off campus. Many times I have been asked, “Why are you here for that?” or, “I didn’t even know this college had that major.”
Maybe I should have listened to those that tried telling me to transfer to a larger institution; the ones where lecture halls hold 300 students and you need mass transit to get across campus. I decided against that, and instead of frantically explaining why I am going to DelVal, I simply state that I came to this college with dreams in my back pocket and goals on my mind. I chose the college for the hands-on experience where I could easily have the opportunity to show my journalistic skills, my passion for writing and desire to inform people about what I know.
Besides the hands-on experience, I was looking forward to joining clubs and organizations, specifically the college newspaper. When I came in as a freshman, I was disappointed to learn that the college had a newspaper, but there was a lack of involvement and passion. Figuring there was nothing I could do about it, I waited until someone else would take it over and make it happen.
Sophomore year I got tired of waiting, and decided to start drawing up ideas as to how to bring back the college newspaper. I had a handful of students who were interested and I had the media and communication advisor, and my mentor, Dr. James O’Connor to support me along the way and to help me put everything into place.
This year, I designed how I wanted the website to look, implemented social media and brainstormed article ideas with the staff and editors, focusing on staying current and relevant. I renamed the newspaper and it went from The Rampages to The Changing Times Online. We found this name modern, provocative, and a way to reflect back on the changing college itself. I was ecstatic.
But with every great moment, there comes the backlash or resistance. My favorite author F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
There have been countless moments where I could have given up, whether it was with starting the newspaper or just trying to be heard and recognized on this campus. It has been a struggle to show how important it is that the college has an endless flow of news and dialogue on campus, to have an active newspaper to share stories and gain knowledge about the surrounding community. It is an even greater struggle getting the support of the rest of the college, to show them that change is just a part of moving forward in life.
I may not be a biologist using a microscope and research to figure out a cure to a disease, and I’m not a zoologist nursing an endangered species. I’m not a business administrator strategizing for a company, and I’m not a psychologist dealing with real-world issues.
I am a writer with a pen and pad of paper for my tools. Everyone has a story, and I want to be the one to discover and share them. If I give up, who will tell these stories?
I’m determined that when I leave, everyone will remember my name. They will say I never gave up, and that my determination will continue to thrive in the newspaper, long after I’m gone. Perhaps one day, someone will tell my story.
Wherever I go, I know I am the change.
Madison Moore ’15
Media and Communication Student
Delaware Valley College