Senior Goodbye – Alexandra Dipre

I joined Smoke Signals in my sophomore year because it was the first time that I heard about the club. I always liked writing so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to spread my creativity and ideas. I thought it was really cool that it gave students the chance to write about topics they valued. Writing for the newspaper my first year felt awesome. It felt so good to be part of a club where students could write about whatever they want. The first year that I joined, I was not as active a participant as I wished, since the club did not call for many meetings, and I only wrote an article per marking period.

During my junior year, I decided I was going to be more active in this club. Instead of writing one article per marking period, I would write two or three. Even though my articles weren’t on big topics, it was really fun to come up with ideas.

The summer going into senior year, my friend told me that I should go for editor. This was exciting to think about because Smoke Signals is something that was really important to me. Not knowing what would happen, I signed up. I am so glad I did because I love being an editor for Smoke Signals. My only regret is that I didn’t sign up sooner. I can honestly say writing and editing for the school newspaper has been a fun experience and has made me a better writer. Moving forward I definitely want to join a club like this in college because it has taken a special place in my heart. I will be attending the University of Scranton and majoring in elementary school education. My advice for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors would be to join as many clubs as you can because you might find one you really like.