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Farewell column: Editor-in-chief Zach Hake

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O'Colly sports reporter Hallie Hart, adviser John Helsley, editor-in-chief Zach Hake, O'Colly TV sports director Landon Greene, MODMuze editor Amanda Cardinal and O'Colly advertising rep Josie Piccin pose for a photo at the SMSC Banquet.

It’s hard to believe I’m writing this.

These past three years have flown by, and it still feels surreal that I graduate from Oklahoma State on Saturday.

As I sit in the newsroom with some of my closest friends, putting together one of my last editions of the O’Colly as editor-in-chief, I can’t help but feel sentimental.

This place has become my home away from home. These people have become my family. 

I’ve dedicated thousands of hours to this paper during my time OSU, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

I remember walking into the newsroom freshman year after our previous adviser Barbara Allen spoke to my Media in a Diverse Society class and encouraged us to get involved with OSU Student Media. 

Nervous and unsure, I somehow made a good first impression, and this place has been stuck with me ever since.

I have loved my time at the O’Colly. Although I have had my fair share of stressful nights and tough days, I know my college experience wouldn’t be nearly as memorable without this place. 

With graduation and the stress of searching for a job looming, I’ve made it a mission to enjoy these last few days I have left in the place that has taught me so much about myself and who I want to be. 

I've interviewed so many interesting people, wrote hundreds of stories and taken thousands of pictures, but I think what will stick with me the most is all the laughs and great times I've shared with my O'Colleagues.

I'm proud to leave this place knowing it will be in good hands. Jet Turner will do an excellent job as the summer editor-in-chief while he gains valuable experience as an intern at the Stillwater News Press.

Adam Luther, one of my closest friends I've made at the O'Colly, will lead this place in the fall, and I couldn't be more excited for him and the future of the O'Colly.

I could write for hours about how thankful I am for the O’Colly, but one of the most important lessons I learned when I started working here is to write tight and get to the point.

Thank you to our readers for your support and for your criticisms.

Thank you to all my fellow editors and reporters. It has been an honor to serve as the editor-in-chief for the past two semesters, and I’m so thankful for all your hard work and dedication.

And last but not least, thank you, O’Colly. 

Thank you for introducing me to lifelong friends. 

Thank you for giving me opportunities to travel, learn and become the best version of myself. 

Thank you for everything.