By Megan Naftali
When I came to Hofstra my freshman year, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up, let alone what my major should be. As I tried navigating my way through class registration and being away from home for the first time, a global pandemic took to the scene and changed everyone’s plans and lives. Hofstra got me through a time of so much uncertainty, and when we got back to campus in the fall of 2020, I was able to find my way. I took my first news writing class and joined the Hofstra Chronicle as an assistant news editor. I have always loved writing, but Hofstra gave me a greater appreciation for journalism and sharing the stories of those around me. I have always known that regardless of what I decided to do with my life, I wanted to keep learning. With each article I write, I learn and get the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.
Today I am a junior journalism major and philosophy minor in the dual-degree program, meaning I am working toward my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the same time. Additionally, I have been a part of the Hofstra University Rabinowitz Honors College since spring 2020, and am planning on graduating with Honors with Distinction. I am a news editor at the Hofstra Chronicle and an editor at the Long Island Advocate.
I want to thank my amazing professors for getting me to where I am today and for helping me figure out what I want to be when I grow up. This includes Professor Scott Brinton and Professor Carol Fletcher, who have been there to answer my countless questions and advised me when I needed it the most. I also want to thank the Press Club of Long Island for giving me the opportunity to continue my studies by awarding me the Robert W. Greene Annual Scholarship. I hope that other students will be as lucky as I have been and that they find the place and the people who help them find themselves.