I was two hours late to work because I accidentally set my new alarm clock for 6 p.m. instead of 6 a.m.
Since then, I’ve been my usual punctual self.
It’s been almost a year since that first day and the amount I have learned from my coworkers and the community is absolutely astonishing.
I’m telling you this now because Friday will be my last day at the Tribune-Courier and I want to say ‘Thank You’ to each of the people I have met, interviewed or who have read our paper while I have been a part of it.
Friday will be my last day because next week I start a new adventure – I’m moving to San Diego.
I hate writing columns, but asked to write this one because Marshall County is full of amazing people who deserved to be thanked for the wonderful things they do.
They are always eager to do whatever they can to help one another out and it has made me realize how much I am going to miss this wonderful place and all of you amazing people.
I never realized that until working for the Tribune-Courier.
I have lived in Marshall County since I was four years old, but before working at the county newspaper, before deciding to move to San Diego I never called this place home. Now I do.
The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had during my year here have changed my perspective and have made me realize how much I’m going to miss Marshall County.
I knew I was going to miss my family. I knew I was going to miss my friends.
But I really didn’t think I was going to miss this little county in western Kentucky – I was wrong. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss it all.
It’s going to be hard to get on the plane next week, but I know it’s the right thing for me since it’s the one dream I’ve consistently had.
I’ve had a lot of other dreams. Since childhood I’ve wanted to be a paleontologist (like Alan Grant), an archaeologist (like Indiana Jones), an architect and a surgeon. None of those worked out.
I was almost done with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry when I realized I was bored. I quickly switched my major to journalism and finished my degree in that instead. Journalism has allowed me to learn a variety of things and meet a variety of people. I learn something new every day and so it’s never boring.
I’ve learned so much from everyone in Marshall County and I’m very appreciative of that.
Hopefully with my experiences from the Tribune-Courier I’ll be ready to conquer everything that will come next in my life. But if I ever need a little encouragement – I know I have a great support system to call on.
Thank you all for everything Marshall County.