From the Desk

By: Celina Simmons

Three weeks into the semester and the pressure is on. By now, you and I should be no strangers to a full schedule. After all, isn’t that what we signed up for?

First and foremost, I’d like to welcome you back to another semester at the lovely SMCC. And for those new faces, welcome to your new pathway into a successful life.

I think it goes without saying that college should be a place that gives you endless opportunities and, with the right mindset, will lead you to the success you have in mind. Being in my fourth semester here at SMCC, success seems more possible than it ever has. I’d like to accredit a big part of that to my advisors and the clubs and organizations I’ve become a part of, especially The Beacon.

If the school paper isn’t for you, I highly recommend looking into the other clubs and organizations offered on campus. It is a great way to make friends and meet people with similar mindsets as you.

The Beacon has always been an open- minded environment. Persistent in nature, yes, but that’s just the nature of the game. In a two week span, we create a legitimate collection of student work that it’s gone beyond to South Portland in mid Coast campuses. There’s deadlines, production meetings, and sometimes long life, but that’s part of why we love it in the end. It is hard work paying off right before your eyes.

I welcome everyone to check out our content meetings every other Tuesday night at the Captain’s House – even if you don’t know how you want to be a part of the paper. One of our goals is to normalize conflict in a way that it is OK to disagree. We actually WANT to know your point of view and why you think that.

Ultimately, The Beacon’s main objective is to give you, the student body, a voice. Whether it be through an opinion piece, general news pertinent to students, or drawing a fun guy comic. We want to see it! Seeing your name in the paper is rewarding within itself, but if you don’t want your name out there, we understand. That’s why we always allow students to send in anonymous submissions.


Your Managing Editor, Celina Simmons!

We are always looking for new writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers. If you’re interested in learning more about The Beacon to begin, please feel free to email me at As of recently, you can now access all of the articles printed on our physical paper easily through the SMCC app or your desktop browser.

If you scroll down the opening page of your student app, you’ll come across a black with an image of a lighthouse that reads the SMCC beacon. Click that and you’ll be redirected to our Word Press page, which has all images and articles published in every issue.

We are always looking for new writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers. If you’re interested in learning more about The Beacon, please feel free to email me at or come to

For those interested, our next few Content Meeting that are happening on 9/17,10/1, and 10/15 at 6pm in the Captain’s House. See you there!!

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