As I write this, I am still in disbelief that a part of my life is about to be complete. I never thought I would see the day when I can call myself an alumni of coastal Carolina University. And yet, here I am less than three weeks away from completing one of the greatest achievements in my lifetime.
I have been through so much here at this university and it certainly has shaped me to be the person I am today. I have overcome multiple failures, to suicide attempts, lost friends and lost many hours of sleep.
However, I have experienced some incredible positives.
I’ve won four journalism awards. I have seen this paper grow and overcome so much adversity. I’ve become a better student. I have become a better journalist. Most importantly, I have become a better person.
The lessons that this university has taught me of the last four years things that I will cherish and utilize the rest of my life.
As a kid who was bullied throughout a majority of his life, I became friends with some of the most incredible people and some of the most popular on campus.
I would like to thank my family for their constant support over these years. I think my friends here at coastal -those who graduated before me, who are graduating with me and will graduate after me. Thank you for putting up with my craziness and for creating memories I certainly will not forget.
I would like to thank my friends back home in Kentucky, who supported me from over 500 miles away, who were there when I would call at 2 am crying and would push me forward.
I would like to thank all my professors, advisers and administrators. Thank you for inspiring me and pushing me to be the best person I could be. Also, I would like to thank all the faculty, staff, students and athletes and coaches that I have interviewed over these last four years. Without you all, I would not have the already successful career in journalism that I have right now.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the staff members of the student newspaper that I worked with over these past four years. Whether you were with me when I was just a simple photographer back in 2015 or if you are with me now as editor in chief, it is been an honor and a privilege to work besides one was dedicated student journalist that this world has to offer.
A phrase that has always stuck with me when I first heard it was that “you can come to coastal as a nobody and leave as a somebody.” Those words ring absolutely true today as I formally leave as editor of this amazing paper.
I wish the next staff and all the staffs down the road the best of luck and always keep fighting for the truth.
Thank you CCU.
Ian Livingston Brooking