When I was asked to take over as the senior sports editor for The Daily Nebraskan for the 2018-19 year, I was conflicted.
Up to that point, I had spent the last three years of my college and journalistic career writing for our news section. I wrote hundreds of general assignment stories about seemingly any topic I could get my hands on. I practiced and learned writing under some of the best mentors I’ve ever had the opportunity to be around.
As a senior news editor last semester, we covered everything from Nazis to Runza closing, and despite severe staff turnover, our section was the most read section of the year.
I was comfortable where I was at.
So what the hell was I doing trying to lead a section I knew nothing about in what is probably one of the most important years for Husker athletics in recent history?
Honestly, I asked myself that more times than I can count leading up the start of the fall semester and my first day of publishing.
But here we are at the end of the first semester and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. I’m proud of my staff for the work they have accomplished so far, which is highlighted by Luke Mullin and Matt Hardesty’s stories found in this issue.
If there’s anything I’ve learned about myself this past semester, it’s that I’m not satisfied with being comfortable. I could have stayed where I was at and continued my work in the news section, or I could take a risk. I could try something that was new and honestly, terrifying.
It’s the same kind of attitude I had when I decided to apply for senior staff as a reporter. I could have stayed where I was at, writing six stories a week while covering student government and earning a higher paycheck than my editors.
But I didn’t.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned from this past year, it’s that you can’t let comfort become blinding. Love what you do, but don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself.
No matter how it turns out, you’re going to learn something about yourself.
Senior sports editor
This article was originally published in the November/December 2018 edition of The DN.