So four issues of Motley, around 140 cups of hot chocolate and many nights of restless sleep later, here we are. For some reason, whenever the team and I start working on a new issue of Motley, I never cease to feel a sense of exhilaration and pride. This is an absolute testament to the talent of the students living, studying and working here in our university community. Not a day goes by without a piece coming across my desk that just makes me stop and say wow. With all that said, I hope that everyone had a wonderful festive season with their families and that you are all settling back into college life.
By now we are reaching the end of that traditional period of self-reflection when phrases such as “New Year, New Me” are tossed around, but personally, I do see that chance to start again with a fresh mindset as inspiring. As I write this, I am sitting in the newly opened Student Media facilities on the ground floor of the Hub, a development which I know many members of our community, including myself, have been eagerly waiting for a long time. Yes, from the outside it just looks like a room with desks and an office for private meetings, but to me it represents both the beating heart of UCC’s student media and the future.
I know that quite a lot of people bemoan the idea of using the New Year as a time to better or change things about themselves, but it doesn’t have to be negative! So what if you didn’t get involved in clubs or societies last semester? It’s never too late to join up now. So what if you didn’t do as well as you would have liked in your studies? Now is your chance to work twice as hard to achieve your goals. There may be things that we regret not doing in the past, but that doesn’t mean we are out of the game yet.
With that sentiment in mind, I would like to invite anybody with even a budding interest in student media to get involved. It may be the case that you have never written an article before, but so what? When I started contributing to Motley in my second year, I had never even thought about publishing my thoughts to the world online, let alone in an official publication. Now, I’m sitting here in the Editor’s chair just over three years later and I do not regret getting involved one bit.
If you are feeling that your work is not “good enough” or that you are under-qualified, please let go of those thoughts right now. Here at Motley, there is always a place for your ideas and thoughts, no matter how crazy or out-there they may seem. Our editorial staff are always on hand to help students develop their writing style and technique. We are always on the lookout to help fresh talent get their work published, so if that is something that interests you, please do not hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to all to seeing all the fantastic work student journalists here in UCC put in over the next semester, but for now I hope that you enjoy issue four of Motley Magazine, brought to you by a dedicated group of writers and editors that I am proud to call not only my team, but my Motley family.