My senior year has been filled with countless fun times, some stress, but most of all, a multitude of learning experiences. Being the Editor-In-Chief of The Cigar this year has undoubtedly helped me to grow as an individual. I learned so much about leading a team, running a publication and remaining positive when dealing with various unexpected issues.

Though my role as Editor-In-Chief took up a significant amount of my time, I believe that every minute was worth it. I made many friendships that I will never forget and helped bring a suffering college newspaper back in a positive direction. With every issue, the paper continues to grow. I feel confident that The Cigar is going to succeed in the future, especially with our newly appointed Editor-In-Chief for next year, Alli Farrelly.

I want to thank everyone that helped me bring The Cigar back to life, including my fellow editors, reporters, photographers, production managers, compositor and business manager. It was not easy, but we did it. I am so proud of us and I look forward to seeing the future of The Cigar. I know it is a bright one.

After graduation, I hope to pursue a career related to nutrition and fitness, inspiring people to get healthy and fit. I began writing for The Cigar last year as a health columnist, so I must give credit to this publication for helping me begin the pursuit of my dreams.

It’s bittersweet to leave this position. Everything must come to an end though, and I could not be any more proud of my team or myself. It’s been an amazing senior year and I look forward to seeing what the rest of life has to offer. I will miss URI dearly, but the lessons I learned here will remain with me forever.