DEREK J. AMAYA
Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” played over and over again as I stared at a blank document counting the number of times the cursor was blinking.
This is what we writers like to call “writer’s block.”
I wrote countless columns over the past few quarters for The Tech Talk without a problem, but this one was difficult to write because it’s my final one I will do for the sports page. I wanted it to be special.
It’s funny, though, how strange life works.
As I was laughing at myself for having writer’s block, I thought about all the obstacles and “blocks” I went through to get to this point.
Not that I did not live a happy and loving childhood with supportive parents, but like everyone in life, I was told I was not allowed to do some things because I wasn’t tall enough, good enough or didn’t fit the needed personality.
Luckily, I have the will like the hero I have looked up to my whole life, Mama Kathy.
I pretty much knew from the get-go, however, I would never be a superstar athlete, but I loved sports so much.
When my friends watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, I was the outcast who turned to Channel 35 to watch SportsCenter. From there, I decided I wanted to be a sports journalist.
I got to write my first sports article my freshman year for the Lagniappe yearbook, ironically about my former colleague, Lady Techster basketball player and sports editor Reina Kempt and the obstacles she had to overcome to get where she was.
I thought it was a great story, but the next few articles I wrote after joining The Tech Talk my sophomore year were not quite as good.
Yet with great friends and support from what we call down in the basement of Keeny Hall, my “Tech Talk Fam,” I became the writer I am today.
When I became associate sports editor in the fall, I made sure the sports page got a revamp, and I think our progress has shown.
At the sports desk, we definitely overcame a few obstacles ourselves, but we went toe-to-toe with them and tried our best to bring you these stories.
I hope our avid readers have noticed our work because our goal was to bring quality stories on issues in our everyday life.
It is bittersweet leaving the journalism department. I made a lot of fantastic friendships I know will last a lifetime, but I am ready to move on and become the best sports journalist I can be.
My conclusion of this article is a message to our readers: Don’t ever give up, believe in yourself and do what you love to do.
I thank everyone, especially select friends and family who know who they are, for believing in me and helping me become the man I am today. Without y’all, my life would have gone a completely different route.
I hope you enjoyed what we produced as much as I enjoyed bringing our stories to you. You are truly a unique and loving fan base.
Now I can start enjoying sports events with my fellow Bulldog fans as we sing our alma mater together with spirit. Thank you all for reading and remember to keep on enjoying life.
Dedicated to my favorite reader Marie “Mamaw” Oneida Sandifer, December 16, 1921- September 7, 2003. I know you read everything I write from above. Love and miss you.
Derek J. Amaya is a junior journalism and marketing major from Metairie. Email comments to dja...@latech.edu.