Amanda Betts – Editor in Chief
Flash back to my first days at the Clarion Call; I began as a timid staff writer, not having the faintest idea that someday I would end up becoming an editor.
I watched my peers take on internships and leadership roles, thinking I could never do the same. While deep down I knew I was capable, it took the encouragement of many friends and role models for me to get to a place where I believed it.
Funnily enough, I grew up alongside former Editor in Chief Eric Zavinski in the small town of Warren, Pa. If you had asked me back then if Eric would become one of my closest friends and most trusted partners in academia, I wouldn’t have been convinced.
When I arrived at Clarion, I was lost. I loved the campus and the people I met, but I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of a major. Although the topic of how many times I’ve switched my major is something I joke about now, at the time it was something that stressed me (and my poor parents) out to the maximum level.
I began my freshman year as an education major, only to switch after one semester to journalism. It felt like something I would enjoy, but unfortunately, I allowed the opinions of others to make up my mind for me. From there, I changed to psychology; this lasted only a matter of weeks. Following my brief time as a psychology major, my choices were as follows: early childhood education, sociology, technical theatre, journalism and history.
Landing on journalism permanently was a decision I have never regretted since. I fell in love with my degree and its content, throwing myself into multiple organizations. Within two short years, I became secretary of Clarion University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), went from staff writer, to News Editor to Editor in Chief of the Clarion Call, and I became involved with the Clarion University Radio Station, WCUC 91.7.
While my interests have grown and changed throughout my years at Clarion University, and my confidence in my own abilities has risen significantly, I would not be here without the help of my friends and the professors that have helped me on my journey.
Specifically with my friends at the Clarion Call, I have to thank a co-editor and one of my best friends in the world, Freddie Saladin. Without him, I would not have begun to push myself to try for leadership positions. I also owe my predecessor Eric Zavinski a great deal of gratitude. He taught me so many things not only about the professional aspects of our major, but about friendship and kindness.
My professors pushed me to work hard and not doubt myself or my abilities. To Mr. Michael Hissam, Dr. Andrew Lingwall, and Dr. Stephen Johnson; I am eternally greatful for all you have done for me.
I can’t wait to continue the progress we’ve made at the Clarion Call alongside a group of people that has quickly become my family.