It is with mixed emotions that I write this epilogue. For nearly as long as I have worked here, I have hoped that I will one day leave The UOS Times. And now that my hopes have become a reality, I am not as happy as I thought I would be. Now I wish I had pushed myself even further to achieve more during my term.
It has almost been a year and a half since I first walked through the doors of The UOS Times. I still vividly remember the first time when I sat down for an interview with the previous Editors-in-Chief and was asked whether I would complete my five-semester term here and put this work before any other schedule at all times. Ever since that day, working here was not without difficulty, but I was able to get through it under the guidance of the Editor-in-Chief, faculty advisor, and senior advisor.
I think the hardest part of being at The UOS Times began as soon as my duty as Vice Editor-in-Chief started. I was not informed of my specific work and duties, and I made a lot of stupid mistakes along the way which I now wish I could undo. It was my first time to do most of it, including accounting, editing drafts, and meeting deadlines, and I quickly realized how inexperienced I was. From planning an article to conducting surveys, writing, and editing, the workload and pressure were huge. As cheesy as it may sound, however, it has been such an enjoyable time working and interacting with everyone for these years, and I feel I have learned a great deal here. I have learned how to balance the ups and downs of life and work. The twenties are certainly an important and turbulent time for all of us, and some troubles are unavoidable. However, through the support of members and advisors, I have developed a capacity to manage them. Not only that, but working as a student reporter, I was exposed to more of the incredible work students and staff are doing both on and off of campus, more so than when I was just a student.
With lingering regrets and memories, I think the most important duty left for me at this point is to safely publish the 134th issue and guide my successor to become a better Vice Editor-in-Chief for the future. I will do my best to fulfill my responsibilities and ensure a smooth transition.
The fact that my term here has finally come to an end has not struck me yet, so I am still numb about it. However, I am scared that as I gradually drift away from the tight schedules and the people I used to see every day at the office, I will suddenly realize that my time here has finally come to an end. I look back and see that I spent almost two years of my university life with The UOS Times. With all the great memories and people, it was definitely more than just a workplace to me. Although I am stepping down from my position, I will always be part of The UOS Times as a reader. I will cherish our history together. Farewell to everyone at last!