Something really cool about the University of Rhode Island is that we are a big-time Division 1 university with an immense amount of resources and connections at the grasp of our fingertips. But at the same time, this kind of environment is unique because we have the ability to create our communities and connections due to being smaller. I have always enjoyed being a member of the Cigar because you put your skills to the test. It's your chance to take a chance, grow, learn and become better. Being the newscast editor/director/person in charge allows me to show my passion for my career and transfuse that passion in others. URI and the Cigar have the chance to put journalism on the map - there is no reason why we can't be the next Syracuse or Emerson or big-time known school. Taking things like this seriously and being passionate about them will take us to higher levels into our professional careers.