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I wear a lot of hats, both literally and figuratively. Being a writer for a website and co-hosting an on-air radio show, keeping up with some form of social life and, now, being the sports editor for The Lumberjack.

It’s a lot of work, but I would not change anything about it. I love the grind that comes with editing and making the sports section of this newspaper the best it can possibly be. I never saw myself in this position, but now that I am here, I could not be happier with where I am.

As a kid, I had so many different ideas of what I wanted to do with my life. Police officer, businessman and, of course, a professional baseball player. I started out as a business major at NAU, but was introduced to business math and said “No, thank you.”

I had no idea what I was going to do. Then, I took a chance and signed up for a sports journalism class.

At the time, I had no idea what exactly I was getting myself into. Since then, I have been lucky enough to be a play-by-play announcer for high school baseball games, a co-host on my very own sports radio show, the beat reporter for the NAU volleyball team, and a writer for this newspaper.

The point is that it’s OK to not know what you are going to do. It is OK to try out different avenues of life and see what sticks. As long as you find what you are passionate about, put your heart into it and never stop working to improve, and be the best version of yourself.

I was never the kid to have a 4.0 GPA or be on the dean’s list, but I have always done well in English classes where I can write and let my imagination transfer onto pages. Now, I am working to take my passion and turn it into a career.

I know that my chosen career path is not the highest paying one — no one goes into sports journalism to be rich and famous. Though I have always told myself that I am chasing my passion and happiness over chasing a paycheck.

It’s cliche to say go after your dreams, but I believe in it. Whatever your strengths and skills are, don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do in life. People are always going to doubt you. There is always going to be that person that is waiting for you to fail — do not listen to that person.

You have the power to create your own destiny, so live your life to the fullest, no matter what comes.

So with all that being said, I am incredibly honored to be the new sports editor for The Lumberjack. I also thank all of the people that had a hand in helping me get to this point in my career.

I am incredibly excited to be at the helm of this section of the newspaper and bring readers the best sports stories that northern Arizona has to offer. I hope everyone enjoys and has a great semester.