Sophomore ready for next big change

When I am not sure how to carry out a task, I look at what others did before me for inspiration.

I read the past two end-of-the-year columns written by Flare editors and they had content mine cannot.

Spring 2013 ended the Bettye Craddock era and began the Gary Borders one.

All of my sophomore friends at the time asked me how I thought the next year would go with subconscious skepticism in their voices, after all Craddock had been here for 30 plus years.

Change shocks some people, and makes them uneasy, unsure.

I think change wakes me up.

A person can never be too sure of their current state, because anything can happen.

You could lose your job, have a medical emergency or get some other form of life changing news.

It was a Wednesday night after all the staffers had left when Craddock told the two co-executive editors, advertising manager and myself the news.

You could feel the shock in the air more than you could see it on their faces.

I was near the back of the room and she was mostly looking at me as she spoke, as I would be the only one returning for the next semester.

Everyone looked back at me with wide eyes, but I just sat in my chair letting the news sink in.

I was asked by friends (to the point of annoyance) “what I was going to do” and “how I was going to do it,” and I just said I’d do what they have been doing all along.

When people don’t have control over a situation, I’ve seen them shut down or resist.

I think to be a leader or a successful person, we must welcome change, because whether you resist it or not, it’s going to happen.

To say the least, it’s been a pretty successful year.

Borders has taught us new things and served up fresh ideas to improve and strengthen our publication.

Twenty issues later, I’m ready for the next change in my life, which is transferring to Texas Tech University, hours away from what I am used to.

No more KC which is only a four Taylor Swift songs drive away.

No more pollen everywhere.

No more University of Texas and A&M products everywhere I look.

I’m not sure what to expect, but I welcome it with open arms.

Ashley Morales is a sophomore journalism major from Longview.