From the Managing Editor’s Desk

By Celina Simmons

The end of a semester overwhelms everyone with emotions. From panic to excitement to sadness, we all feel it. But as the cliché goes, when one door closes, another opens. And something tells me next semester will be full of just as many memories.

One thing that I am extremely excited about next semester is something never before seen at SMCC. That is, the first ever SMCC news channel, “Studio 214.” If you would like to learn more about this, you can watch our pilot episode on the SMCCBeacon YouTube channel.


This news channel will feature campus events and updates, sporting events, weather, and “student spotlight” features. We are currently looking for more students interested in making “Studio 214” the next big thing on campus next semester, so if that is something you would be interested in, please reach out to me over the summer or next semester through email or the SMCC app. My email is celinamsimmons@smccme.edu, if you have any questions.

Next semester, I sincerely encourage students to also reach out to The Beacon and see how you can help. It’s not just about seeing your name on print or adding another line to your transcript- though, those are definitely big bonus points. There is a community at the heart of this organization that is unlike any other and it is something to experience when given the opportunity.

I couldn’t be more proud of the team I have been blessed to work with to make this publication come to life every two weeks. Most of us, myself included, came in last semester not knowing what we were really getting ourselves into. With each issue, the skills have noticeably improved and I think it is safe to say, we are more confident now than how we were in September.

I became co-managing editors, along with Zaq, last semester when I wasn’t even sure what that entailed. We quickly realized that the title of Managing Editor has big shoes to fill, especially for a smaller community college newspaper. Regardless, the feeling of seeing the final work and everybody’s progress every two weeks is worth the hours put in.

With that being said, I am welcoming the next few months with arms wide open. I am hoping to take full advantage of my time this summer to help The Beacon and other projects reach their highest potentials. There is so much more that the students here can do for this community that many never consider, especially when it comes to organizations on campus like The Beacon or Student Senate.

I’d like to send off this final Beacon publication of the 2018-2019 academic year with this piece of advice: Wherever you are and whatever you do, you will always get more out of it the more you put in. In other words, you never know what opportunities could be waiting for you once you open the next door, and start putting what you have to offer out into the world.

I hope all of you take advantage of the next few months. Whether you’re working full time, getting out of the country, taking summer classes, whatever it may be, I sincerely hope you take one moment out of each day to appreciate how far you have come and imagine how much farther you can go. Visualize your potential every day and live towards it.

“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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