Reflection — Organization, collaborative thinking are important

July 8, 2014

By Salma Mahmoud

My final year writing for The Beat has certainly been a great one.

Together, my team was able to create monthly issues of our page, incorporating our opinions and the opinions of fellow students and community members. Though no short paragraphs can fully encompass all of the things I learned, I would like to share a few in this reflection.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Organization, for one. As the online editor, I was responsible for assigning deadlines for our Facebook page and online articles. That was simple — it was keeping up with those deadlines and making sure work got in that was tough.

Instead of managing one deadline a month, the typical page workload, I managed one a week, while keeping up with my own page assignment and, of course, school. It was hectic at times, but I did learn to be on top of this, doing everything I could to ensure that the weekly deadlines were met.

Collaborative thinking was also an important thing I learned. Sometimes, during meetings, I would come in with very finite ideas of what certain articles should look like or who should write them. I learned to be open-minded, realizing that assignments could be completed in different ways by different people and still achieve the same, or even better, end result.

And finally, of course, improvement and variation of my writing style has been something I will always cherish from my time with this project. Before The Beat, I was, more or less, bored with the writing style I had been taught in school. I scored fairly well on many English assignments, but rarely felt like I was learning anything new. Writing for The Beat changed this: I now feel comfortable writing different types of pieces, ranging from feature stories to edgy opinion articles.

In short, it has been a true honor to write for this project. These past years, I worked alongside some of the most talented and motivated writers I know, and improved skills beyond just my writing style. I wish The Beat the best of luck in the coming years, and wholeheartedly believe in its improvement and success.

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