BY THE SPECTRUM CHIEF STAFF
What am I going to do without my other two and a half stages of grief? We’ve been a duo (almost) since the beginning, and the Publicity and Finance section of The Spectrum has never been the same. We bought a new zazz to the art of selling newspaper ads that will be felt for The Spectrum generations to come. I’ll try to carry our legacy into the next year, but yours is a hard act to live up to.
And, though the screenshots of me frozen in less-than-flattering during our Zoom meetings positions absolutely drive me up a wall, I’m going to miss your sunny disposition. Meetings will never be the same without your daily anecdotes, your quirky little family-bonding activities, and the beige wall that always anchored me on Mondays and Thursdays.
In all seriousness, your presence became crucial to my Spectrum experiences quickly, and I’m extremely grateful to have met you as a lowly freshman. You will be missed while you do great, amazing things in college. Don’t forget about me. Except maybe all the times I slandered your celebrity crushes. You can forget those… many moments.
Your forever Co-Publicity & Finance Manager,
Francesca (or Franny, but only to you)
P.S. Stay quirky, like our first (and only) set of thank you cards from 2018. Love you.
While your love of Trader Joe's snacks may have initially lured you to The Spectrum, we’re certainly glad you’ve stayed and imparted so much wisdom on us small kiddos. When you first gave us the iconic copy editing quiz, I failed miserably, but thanks to your editing and tireless work, I haven’t dragged The Spectrum down with me! In fact, your big brain has led The Spectrum to great heights, and I aspire to grow my brain as large as yours. You were an amazing, stunning, fabulous EIC with all the zen vibes, and I would never ever (ever ever ever) kill you in a trolley problem—I promise.
My dearest Neha,
Oh, how time has passed! I simply cannot believe you are leaving us! It feels like yesterday when we first met in the library alcove during speech. Though I ignored you for a year (whoops, my bad), I am glad we finally bonded over embarrassing the seniors ‘19 at the speech banquet.
And of course, our shared coolness only exponentially increased with those long Messenger stress sessions over The Spectrum’s Chief Staff applications. From your pre-interview hype talk to the steaming hot tea we shared (oops), your presence at The Spectrum has always been comforting, and I probably would not have applied for Chief Staff without your encouragement. Although we didn’t work together much at The Spectrum this year, your work on the Reporting Team has always been inspiring and I am excited to read your final product!
Ahh! I don’t think it has fully hit me that you are leaving us, but I will miss you very much. Anyway, I will stop being sentimental now, and if you want to know how much we love you, stream “neha’s license” on repeat.
WE LOVE NEHA! DODODO DODODO!
Lots of love,
Bougie Bonka (aka Rebecca)
P.S. I still have your speech binder from Mardi Gras with your Junie B. Jones speech. Let me know if you want it back, lol.
Alas, I dread the day when I can no longer experience the bright glories of your wisdom and knowledge and beauty and coolness and (how can I forget) your wonderful college advice. You brought me up from a quivering young junior who had 50 colleges saved on Scoir, copied from the top 30 list, to a braver junior who had a clearer idea of what vibes she seeked in an institution of secondary education. Further, your reporting has helped shape me into the journalist I am today. Your insightful questions during Reporting Team interviews always blow me away, and your guidance on articles (beginning from your off topic/mainspread days) will always be ingrained into my heart. I know that you’re going to kill it next year at college, and only great things await. I can’t wait to see what you and your big brain will be up to next.
P.S. I promise I'll get my first draft done soon :)
You’ve always been my favorite distant relative of renowned Broadway actor Andrew Rannells, ever since meeting you in F Block PE last year. Though we didn’t have that much time together as Publicity and Finance managers this year, I greatly enjoyed the panicked Messenger conversations after one of us messed up an Instagram post, as well as the powerful caption brainstorming sessions for those Instagram posts. The energy there is absolutely unmatched when thinking of captions on my own. You’re also one of the few people I know that can relate to being a little shell-shocked at Mr. Martin’s borderline terrifying concepts for photography projects.
Say hi to Andrew for me if you ever meet him!
Do great things. I believe in you!