July 16, 2013
By Iman Baghai
Over the past three years, I have been fortunate to have been a member of The Beat. I started off as a kid that wanted to be involved in journalism, but I couldn’t write to save my life. Granted, I still can’t write to save my life. However, as I end my time with The Beat, the lessons I have learned during my tenure will forever stay with me.
One of these lessons is about persistence. I learned that if you are persistent, success will start coming your way. Even though my writing skills were far from superb, I kept volunteering for writing tasks so that I could have my writing edited and gain mentorship through the staff. After a lot of work and support, my writing started to mature. But, The Beat has also taught me about persistence in another avenue as well.
The past two years, I have served as the business editor, meaning that I have had to try to find financial resources to make The Beat possible. Going into my role, I thought it’d be nearly impossible to fund The Beat. However, after pushing and pushing for many of the grants that I didn’t think we could get, we got them and made this page possible so far. I learned that if you want something and you’re willing to put the work in, you can get it.
However, even with the great lesson about persistence, the most important lesson I learned at The Beat was about team work. There is no way I could have learned the lessons I learned without the support of our team. So, to them, I say thank you, because I will truly miss them all as I wander off to college.