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Until next time…

February 12, 2015

 

RAY PATTERSON 

PATTERSON

PATTERSON

News Editor

 

This is it.

 

For all intents and purposes, this is the end for my time here at Louisiana Tech.

 

My God, how sneaky time can be.

 

I began my career as a hopeful nursing student.

 

And now, as surely as I write these words, I depart as a professional journalist.

 

A career in nursing just wasn’t in the cards for me. And, up until four years ago, I had never given journalism a thought as a potential career path.

 

One thing I recently learned is that truth is something which cannot be created, it can only be discovered.

 

It took a year, but I discovered the truth about my future, and it started at The Tech Talk.

 

I am incredibly grateful for the journalistic rearing I received at the hands of our esteemed faculty.

 

Starting at the top with Reggie Owens, who somehow always has a story idea — literally, always.

 

The man is an incredible thought-provoker and an even better person.

 

Then there is Judith Roberts, who has been nothing short of an immaculate educator and person.

 

Mike LeBlanc, God bless him, for putting up with me through the summer quarter. We knew it was going to be an uphill battle and because of your dedication and patience, we pulled it off.

 

And Scott Boatright, who took me in with open arms when I changed my major to journalism.

 

I simply don’t have room within these lines to tell you all have grateful I am to have had you as one of my teachers.

 

One aspect of our paper which is the most frustrating and also the most rewarding, is the fact that we all share a wide array of opinions.

 

From left to right and everything in between, the Tech Talk staff is a proverbial melting pot of ideas and cultures which makes it a catalyst for thought.

 

This atmosphere only exists because of the outstanding faculty and the amazing people who comprise the entire makeup of the journalism department.

 

I will forever be in The Tech Talk’s (and the department of education’s) debt. A large part of who I am at this very moment is a direct result of my education at Tech, and I am proud, honored and lucky to have the privilege of carrying a Tech diploma with me for the rest of my life.

 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 

Ray Patterson is a senior journalism major from New Orleans who serves as news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to rcp022@latech.edu.

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