Senior Farewell: Shannon McCarthy
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” These words by T.S. Eliot have come to mean a lot for me throughout my time at The Crown and college overall.
When I first arrived as a freshman here at King’s I was painfully shy and overwhelmed. I knew I loved to write and wanted to make a career out of it, but I needed to figure out exactly how to do that. And so my advisor put me into a mass communications journalism class to try out the field of newspaper writing and reporting. I figured it would be simple and fun but then I learned I was going to have to interview people and have my work published for everyone to read – cue my first panic attack at college.
The process of setting up interviews made me feel so nervous. The worst thing to me was when people would ask for an interview on the spot, and I had to come up with questions on the fly…talk about a socially awkward person’s nightmare.
With time, these things started to come naturally. I’ve gotten so used to interviewing people that I’m completely at ease talking to just about anyone. The interviewing aspect of journalism has become as enjoyable for me as the writing aspect.
These journalism classes are what led me to join The Crown, which was one of the best decisions I’ve made at college. Becoming the Web Editor, and later the Asst. Web Editor-in-Chief, was daunting to me at first. But the challenges I’ve faced with my writing and learning different computer programs have made me feel ready to graduate and start working.
What I hope people take away from my senior farewell is this: follow what you are passionate about, even if you are faced with challenges. The only way to discover what you are fully capable of is to step out of your comfort zone. I couldn’t be happier that I did!