Looking back on two years with The Beat

July 16, 2013

By Lee Xie

I would have to say that my one regret about my time at The Beat is that I didn’t join the team earlier. In the fall of my junior year, I was an excited, newly inducted member, and from the September issue to the last one in June, I looked forward to contributing my ideas to make the paper the best it could be. Every Wednesday that the issue would come out, I would happily retrieve it off my driveway and read the page that I had helped create.

Lee Xie Skyline High School

Lee Xie
Skyline High School

When I became editor in the fall of 2012, the tradition continued, but I felt a more personal connection to the page that I now helped curate each month. As I type this reflection with this year’s issues, September through May, sitting in a stack across from me on a corner of this desk, I can’t help but be grateful that each issue serves as a reminder of the lessons I have learned from working for The Beat.

First of all, teamwork is everything. Not one page this year could have been created without the meetings where ideas were brainstormed, or participation and effort of each and every journalist and business team member. Secondly, deadlines are important. Working for a real, functioning newspaper showed me that in the real world, no excuse is satisfactory when articles are late. And lastly, time doesn’t stop for anyone, so planning ahead is essential. Last-minute inconveniences may arise, so being prepared is not only smart, but also necessary.

Working for The Beat has been an absolute highlight of my high school career, and as I bid the paper adieu, I am truly sad to say goodbye. I would like to thank my team for making our year possible, our page’s supporters for reading our work, and most of all Kathleen and The Issaquah Press for providing local teens with this unique and treasured experience — I know it is one that I will never forget.


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