Years at the job prepares student for real world

It’s finally over.

With about two and a half years time spent at The Famuan, my time must come to an end.

Over the past years, The Famuan has been my life. I barely have seen the outside world of

The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication because of my different positions on The Famuan staff. I have held three different editorial positions for The Famuan, which includes assistant opinions editor, lifestyles editor and sports editor. I also served as the public relations coordinator.

No one will ever know the relationship that I have with the Famuan except for my fellow staff members. The Famuan is like a drug—if you stop taking it then you will relapse and go right back to it.

There have been times in which I wanted to quit, but I continued coming back because it was something that I could never let go. I consider it a “love and hate” relationship.

People may have their opinions on the coverage that The Famuan brings to students, but they will never know how much work goes into producing a newspaper. Being at The Famuan, was a life lesson. I learned how to excel in my communicating skills with others by constant arguments with the staff. We would fight over stories and deadlines. We would turn simple issues and make them bigger.

I could recall a time where I slammed the door on Akeem Anderson when he was editor-in-chief at the time, and the next day we acted like nothing happen. There have been many walkouts from staff members and these same staff members chose to come right back.

The Famuan also taught me how to deal with faulty relationships and how to grow as a person. I have seen members of The Famuan decline over the years.   So the question is who will become the future student media leaders once the Spring 2009 grads leave? Will there be anyone to take over and excel after we are gone?

The people that I have met at The Famuan will be life-long friends as well as my ” F.A.T crew” that I hung out with freshman year.

The Famuan was much more than a couple of years spent. It’s much more than a newspaper—

It’s a culture.

Latasha Edwards is a senior graduating public relations student from Houston, Texas. She can be reached at