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Letter From the Editor

Cheyanne Beaumont | Editor

It feels like so much has happened in the short duration from our Spring 2024 issue to our Summer 2024 issue! Graduation is less than a month away, finals are creeping up, and even though the end of this journey is so close, it still feels so far away. I know we’re all plagued with final papers, presentations, and exams, and for some reason this semester, the weight of it all is hitting me harder than it usually does. I think it’s because I know it’s the last semester at LCCC I’ll be experiencing all this. 

I’ll be transferring to another school to continue my education. I have a str

ong feeling about where I’d like to go, but for the first time since starting my educational journey at LCCC, there’s a fear of uncertainty.

I feel like the professors I've had at LCCC have all helped me to succeed. After the first nerve-wracking semester, I knew what to expect, not just from professors but from all faculty, advisors, and even students that I regularly shared classes with. It was easy to get familiar and comfortable with what LCCC had to offer. It really is a community. I’ve made lifelong friends here who graduated before me and we still support each other!

But in the Fall, no matter which school I decide to go to, there will be an unfamiliarity, there will be a transition stage, and fear that I haven’t felt in years. But I know the fear doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We can turn fear into a feeling of excitement, an anecdote I think I learned in my first semester at LCCC in the Oral Communication and Presentation course. The nerves that control these emotions are the same, and the fear can absolutely turn into something positive that is ultimately motivating.

Why am I telling you all this? No matter your story, or where you are in your student journey, whether you’re a high school student, a freshman, or a non-traditional student, you’re bound to be put in places where you will feel scared or unsure of yourself. Maybe you’re nervous about LCCC, or you’re nervous about what’s next, like me. Overcoming this is a daily challenge that we can rise up to, in the end, we can change our outlooks and hopefully make something scary turn into something wonderful. 

I reminisce on this quote from Dune by Frank Herbert: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.”

I firmly believe that we receive out of things the energy we put into them. There is nothing we can’t do if we overcome our fear. So although I’m nervous about the future, I’m going to jump head-first and I encourage you to do the same. Why let our fear hold us back? There is a huge, enriching world out there.  Let’s go explore it and change it for the better.


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