Senior column: Mya Copeland

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Marianthe Meyer

You’re supposed to be here, and it’s a wild ride from here on out.

College: Northwestern University

Major: Journalism and Creative Writing

Dear Nicholas,

We made it. You’re about to start your TKC journey right as I end mine, a perfect cyclical ending if I’ve ever seen one. And it’s no surprise you’re here. There was no monumental decision. You and I always knew you’d be where you are now. Since I’m leaving, I figured I’d do my big sister duties one last time and give you my tips and tricks for surviving TKC.

1. Make friends during mock cycle. (Offering to give piggyback rides works like a charm.) These people will become your family for the next three years, whether they’re the awkward cousin you only talk to every few months or the nagging mom who never leaves you alone.

2. Don’t hide in Owens’s office. It’ll only send Eden and the EICs on a crusade after you, and I guarantee it’s more interesting in the lecture hall, even if you’re just judging everyone from the top row like I did.

3. Find interesting people. TKC is all about person-first journalism and telling stories. There are so many fascinating and diverse people at KHS. The kid you try out for a sport with, the guy in your physics class, the girls you meet while volunteering. They all have a story to tell. Go write about the students, but most of all, write for them.

You and I always knew you’d be where you are now.”

4. Find your voice, whatever this means for you. Whether it’s learning you can banter with Eden (half birthdays are definitely a thing) or figuring out who you are and what you love to do, this is the best place to do it.

5. Embrace TKC in all its wacky glory. Throw yourself into it more than I did at first, and don’t let it intimidate you. You’re supposed to be here, and it’s a wild ride from here on out. Don’t take it for granted, and when your time comes to write one of these, I hope you’ve made the most of it.

Love, Mya