GHADEER ALARADI, Opinions Editor

By GHADEER ALARADI, Opinions Editor

While looking at university applications, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to attend university. Wayne State University was on my mind for some time. My best friend and I would plan to live together and own an apartment on campus. I’m glad we didn’t, because I ended up choosing UM-Dearborn.

Although it felt like my time here had been short, it has been four years since I walked the hallways as a freshman. Attending my orientation was overwhelmingly exciting and nerve-wracking. It was a new chapter in my life that I was excited to explore. I wanted to get involved, join organizations, and take classes that interest me. I’m happy to say that I did.

I was enthusiastic and interested in so many events that were going on campus that I joined the Students for Islamic Awareness. Through that organization, I was introduced to many amazing people and we planned events that were beneficial and necessary to the community at large. It was a rewarding feeling, to be able to raise awareness about misconceptions and educate fellow students and community members.

I also was a news writer for The Michigan Journal because I thought it would give me good experience in the journalism field. I did not think that I would end up working as editor for the paper, and that was one of the best decisions I made. I started off as student life editor because a friend asked if I was interested in the position since the previous editor left. I wasn’t actively seeking a position, but I took the opportunity at hand, and I joined The Michigan Journal team.

I met dedicated and hard-working people in the Journal that inspire me to become a better journalist. As opinions editor, I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts, views, and insightful articles on a variety of topics. My writers were thoughtful, creative, and proactive with their articles, and it made me proud to put my name at the top of the page. The Michigan Journal has helped me improve my writing, editing, and layout skills.

The Michigan Journal is only one of the things that I will miss at UM-Dearborn. Below are some of the things I’ll miss.

  • Sitting as a freshman with my friends and eating all the food we can get our hands on.
  • The free stuff that I get passing by the UC stage.
  • The bake sales and buying home-made cupcakes and cake pops.
  • Painting the windows for week-long campaigns.
  • Passing out roses to students.
  • The amazing mac and cheese!
  • Attending events and learning so much about different topics.

It’s a bittersweet feeling to think that my time at UM-Dearborn has come to an end. I can say this: these past four years have changed me as a person, and I am proud to say that UM-Dearborn has been a part of it.