Letter from the Editor in Chief
Hi! I’m Hadeel and I’m this year’s Aquinian editor in chief. When I enrolled to St. Thomas University, I wanted a Communications major. But one day, a guy asked me to write a story for The Aquinian. I did. As soon as I saw my name in print and saw the response online, I was instantly sold on Journalism.
Last year, 2015-2016, I was the layout editor for The Aquinian and I spent this past 2016 summer as a reporter for The Daily Gleaner. I know it would’ve been much harder to get that job without my Aquinian experience. And when I did get it, I felt much more prepared to face the challenges of writing daily news.
For me The Aquinian is a huge part of St. Thomas culture and a valuable resource for students. Most Aquinian staffers end up in great jobs in the industry. This is my cue to name drop. Ever heard of Nick Moore? Karissa Donkin? Laura Brown? They all used to be editors for The AQ. Now, they are award-winning journalists with jobs at the CBC and CTV.
Learning about journalism is a very different experience from actually doing it. Theory is important, but for journalism in particular, you just have to get out and do it to truly gain expertise. Even if you’re not studying journalism, seeing your name published, having something to add to your creative portfolio, is priceless.
I don’t hesitate to say I love The Aquinian. It’s a bit sappy, but I believe I would be a completely different, and probably worse, writer if I hadn’t written that one story in September of 2015. It really did change my life forever. So get in touch, email me or any of the other editors and we’ll make sure to have a story idea ready for you! And if you have your own ideas, even better.
Thanks for reading my ramblings!
The printed edition of The Aquinian is published weekly during the regular academic year. If you’re interested in writing for us, contact our editors to discuss ideas. Deadline for submissions is Friday. The online edition of The Aquinian is published continuously. Deadline for online submissions is immediately after the article is completed. The Aquinian’s editorial board reserves the right to edit for content, clarity, brevity and length. You don’t have to be a Journalism student to write for us.
Maria J. Burgos