I used to hate writing. Now, you should just call me Alexander Hamilton. After nearly two years at the college, I feel like I’ve finally come close to finding my voice in my writing. But, academic writing can take a toll on us all. When the spring semester began, I decided I wanted to challenge myself in my writing by joining the Opinions Staff of The Spire.
The Spire is the College of the Holy Cross’ student newspaper. It has been published weekly since 1925, with a core mission to serve the Holy Cross’ population by sharing student stories in mainstream news, campus features, opinion editorials, sports, and their Eggplant (the satirical) section. To be completely honest, I didn’t know that The Spire existed, but I am so glad that I stumbled upon it.
Being an opinion staff writer has proved to be a great opportunity in several different ways. On one hand, I am more aware of my own beliefs and values toward things happening on a daily basis. That is not to say I am not attentive in my life, but having a certain intention behind my writing has already begun transforming me for the better.
While I would say I’m closer to attaining my personal style in my articles, I am still struggling to let my voice shine through my opinions on paper. Every week, I have the chance to write about anything as long as I have an opinion to back it up. And, there’s no pressure! So far, I’ve written movie reviews, political and news commentaries, and pieces about my personal experiences. The weekly publication of The Spire allows me to stretch out my writing capabilities and see how far I can go.
There is a phenomenal group of writers that contribute to the newspaper weekly. And, they are some of the most supportive people I’ve met at the college. I feel lucky to have found a niche that allows my creativity and skills to strengthen.
For more on The Spire and how to get involved check out their website here. Or, be sure to pick up a paper issue around campus!