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Hello Campus Slate Readers,

The day was September 8, 2009; the start of a new journey in my life; my very first day of classes at NYIT as a Communication Arts major. From that day forward I have been part of a place that has meant so much to me in many ways with a lot of memories and moments to always remember. Of everything I have done in my college studies, I am most proud of is the role I have held for the past two years here at The Campus Slate serving as your Editor in Chief. My time at this position has concluded as I prepare for graduation and the next journey in my life.

The road to the editor’s chair came a long way, it wasn’t until my junior year in high school where I really got interested in writing for a newspaper and I credit an old teacher along with one of my very close friends who is like me another up and coming journalist that at the time talked me into joining my high school paper. I took that offer and without that experience, I wouldn’t have been able to share and develop my journalism skills here with the NYIT community over the time I’ve been part of The Campus Slate.

I joined the publication in the spring of 2011 working as a staff writer under Professor John Hanc and previous editor Amanda Beekharry. Through their teachings and leadership, I learned a lot and wanted to be more involved and I was honored when Professor Hanc had asked me to take over as Editor in Chief following Amanda’s graduation that May. I’ll admit, at first I was scared at the challenge since I only worked a semester with the staff and if I was ready to fill a big job with little experience. Without the guidance of Professor Hanc and my other experienced editors, the transition wouldn’t have been as easy as they made it for me.

My time here was a great learning experience, being part of important changes such as developing our current monthly publication and our website www.campusslate.com to what they both have become today was a major piece in our success over the past two years. Another recent development I am proud of is the Pocket Campus Slate app that many of you now have after attending our event a few weeks ago. As the world of journalism is changing, apps and social media has become a big part of our operation as we are also seen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as many of you know.

I would like to thank Professor Hanc for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime as part of my college education. This is a position I will always look back on wherever I go next after I leave NYIT.  You have helped me become the journalist I am today and every piece I wrote, there was something I learned from it through your guidance and I am a better journalist today because of your teaching and guidance. Our success as a staff isn’t done without the great support of the NYIT community and alumni around the world who read, view, and support the publication daily.

There are many individuals who have spent time working on the Slate with me over the past two years and I want to thank each one of you for your hard work and contribution each week to make our publication what it has become today. I’ve met some amazing people along the way, many who I consider to be my lifelong friends and also part of some great NYIT memories. You should all be proud of what you have done here as it has helped each one of us grow to become better at something we are good at.

I leave The Campus Slate in good hands going forward as it will continue to grow, develop and create more history with the future of the NYIT student body.  That future starts now with your new Editor in Chief Hiba Khanzada who will take over the position starting in the fall to kickoff a new era for the publication. This month I will be walking at Graduation receiving my B.F.A. in Communication Arts, but unlike some of my fellow classmates, I will not say goodbye to NYIT for good just yet. This fall I begin to pursue a Masters Degree in Communication Arts.

To all my fellow members of the Class of 2013, congratulations on graduation and much success going forward. Keep reading The Campus Slate and stay connected with us through the app, social media, and of course our website www.campusslate.com.

 

Best of luck to all!!!

 

John Santamaria

Editor in Chief

 

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