By Kerri-lyn Hernandez, Editor

Kerri-lyn Hernandez

Kerri-lyn Hernandez (Courtesy of Kerri-lyn Hernandez)

  When I was graduating high school, one of the goals that I put in the yearbook under my picture was to “help others using my writing.” As I finish my term as editor-in-chief of the Farmington Flyer, I hope that I have achieved that goal I set for myself at least a little bit. I have my whole life ahead of me and I hope I can bring my goal much farther throughout that time.

   My future is now awaiting me as I finish up here. In less than three short months I’ll be a wife and approaching my senior year as an English major at the University of Maine Farmington (UMF). Nothing excites me more, and I know without a doubt that I’m ready. I’ve grown up a lot throughout my years here, just like I’ve seen the student writers I work with doing.

   From being assistant editor, and then editor-in-chief, I’ve seen so many students’ writing improve drastically. I’ve seen people step up at the chance of responsibility and I’ve seen people’s excitement over journalism. I’m one of those people. I’ve grown and I’ve received opportunities I’d never even dreamt of. I went to Chicago and Boston with the club for AWP and next year it will be Seattle. But it’s not just about the trips. Not even close. It’s about opportunity, it’s about the improvement, and it’s about the future. The chances the Flyer has given me has given me the hope, confidence, and faith in myself to go out into the real world after I graduate next year and to not be afraid to fail (though I’m sure I’ll have plenty of failures before successes). I have life plans, and though plans sometimes go terribly wrong, at least I have them; at least I have dreams, I have goals and I will always make new goals wherever life takes me.

   I’m now passing my torch of editorship down to my very worthy best friend and partner in crime. To her, and everyone else down the line, this is my advice to you: have goals, have faith, and have patience. Failure will come in your life, but success isn’t far behind. Good luck and God bless.

Oh, and one more thing, you’ll still see my name in the Flyer next year. You can’t get rid of me quite yet!