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  • Natalie Solano & Joanna Kreke

Managing Editor Goodbyes

Fall Semester:

Congratulations class of 2022, we made it! We are now qualified to work, start our own business, travel the world and do whatever our hearts desire. The class of 2022 is so special because we made it through a pandemic. I want to take a moment to thank the administration, faculty and my peers for being so strong and helping each other through unprecedented times. We are truly a resilient community and Mount St. Mary’s is forever our home.

One of the hardest goodbyes is my position as Managing Editor for The Mountain Echo. Through the Echo I learned many things, for example how to manage a newspaper digitally. When I started editing for the Echo, I started with a new group of editors, and we all adapted to the paper rather quickly. Editing and publishing every week with Joanna, Antonio, Erin, Gavin and Paige was my favorite part of working for the paper. Every time we published, I went to our website and read our final stories for the fun of it. Every Tuesday we met for our editors’ meeting, some meetings we ate and discussed important issues on campus. Other meetings, we laughed and made memories I’ll cherish forever. I am grateful to have worked with a group of intelligent individuals.

Our supervisor Dr. Kumar did a great job leading us and teaching us how to become better writers and editors. Dr. Kumar has been an outstanding professor and an encouraging voice when I spoke about my next steps after graduation. It is truly a pleasure when a student encounters a professor who has played a major role in their personal development. Thank you, Dr. Kumar.

The next group of students who receive the opportunity to write for the Echo or Manage the paper will be so lucky. I cannot wait to watch the Echo grow!


Natalie Solano, (C’22) Manager Editor Fall of 2021

Spring Semester:

It is mind-blowing how fast this year went by! It is incredible to think that the class of 2022 is about to graduate. For the past four years Mount St. Mary’s has been our home, our family. I am in awe of how much we have gone through during our time here. From being first-years, fresh faced and excited for a new journey to enduring a pandemic that rocked the world to watching Kanye run for president to being seniors, ready to conquer the world ahead of us. We are a force to be reckoned with.

For me, this semester was flooded in goodbyes. The most bittersweet of them is leaving the Mountain Echo. I have been with the publication for the last year, learning and gaining experience for my future. At first, I did not have any intention working in journalism. Interviewing was daunting especially during the pandemic. I was worried that my writing would not be good enough. However, the longer I worked with the Echo and the staff, I realized how much I loved it. I am so grateful that I got to meet everyone on the staff these past semesters. It was amazing learning more about the people here and getting to laugh and joke with people I might not have interacted with, if we did not have the Echo.

Dr. Kumar is one of my favorite professors here at the Mount. Nobody else could have led such a publication the way she does. She is a strong leader who is able to inspire students like me to not only be a writer for the newspaper but even an editor. I could not have had a better mentor than her. Thank you, Dr. Kumar.

I am excited to see what the next Echo staff and editors have in store for the publication. The eyes of our little world will be shining down on you.

Thank you for everything,

Joanna Kreke (C’22), Managing Editor Spring of 2022

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