Our Perspectives:

A Reflection of A Year on Staff

Over the course of this shocking year, I joined and accomplished so many things that I never would have even thought possible beforehand. Whether it be school, clubs, extracurriculars, or just simply my own personal growth within myself, new limits and newfound appreciations were achieved. 

 

Although my experience on TheBulldog Times Staff has been short and anything but normal, I thoroughly enjoyed the bond between our close-knit group. The ability to write stories about anything we wanted and the freedom we harnessed is something I genuinely never could have imagined. It gave me a sense of independence that allowed me to express myself while also expressing the thoughts of other communities at Ayala, as well as global issues.

 

For the 2021-2022 school year, I am excited to be in-person for journalism and to write stories with even more depth with the other staff members. Although I still have a long way to go, I am hopeful for my future growth in writing throughout this club, as well as the Journalism class. Even if I can’t continue Journalism at Ayala throughout the rest of high school, I never want to stop expanding my limits through writing.

 

I am incredibly grateful to have such an amazing staff working with me to help create what we can. Despite the team being so small, I am so proud of what we achieved as a club, as writers, but also as people. The ability to serve this club next year as Vice President is such an honor, and I hope to fulfill it the best I can. Next year will probably throw even more whirlwinds of surprise at us, but I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn from such amazing individuals. I’m looking forward to creating a stronger bond with the staff and having hopefully fun class periods. Can’t wait to see what’s in store next year, Bulldog Times!

When I was originally asked to join the Journalism Club and write for The Bulldog Times, I didn’t really have much interest in it. I had mainly joined to help a friend out and fill a position needed to create the club. However, after a few weeks, I soon realized that joining the club was one of the better decisions I had made throughout my high school career. 

 

I’ve always been told that I should do something in the field of writing or journalism. I have always been enthusiastic about cinema and other forms of digital media. On my social media accounts, I would post movie reviews or just a series of thoughts I had. I’ve also always been actively involved with journalism in the field of politics and was always looking for some new story to give my two cents worth about. I had never really considered doing anything with journalism until I joined The Bulldog Times. It opened my eyes in a sense to something I could see myself doing as a career.

 

If you’ve read any of my articles, it should be obvious that I am a huge Disney fan. Having a passion like being into a specific franchise, brand, or company is great when it comes to journalism. You know that there will always be an abundance of topics and stories to write about and report on. I had a ton of ideas for topics I wanted to cover, including a review of Pixar’s latest film, Soul. If I had more time, I would have cranked out more articles than could probably be handled. Of course, you don’t have to write about pop culture. Whether it’s sports, politics, and local or national news, there’s bound to be someone interested in reading it, so don’t be afraid to write about what you love. 

 

As a senior, I wish I had more time to be a part of The Bulldog Times. I feel like I just barely dipped my toes into the realm of journalism and encourage any of the underclassmen who are interested in writing to join. It’s an awesome opportunity to not only share topics with the school that you find interesting/important but to also improve your writing skills. As for me, I plan to attend Mt. Sac community college next year. I haven’t looked too deep into everything that the campus has to offer, but I know for sure that I will be looking to join some sort of journalism or writing community to continue to explore everything this field has to offer. 

That’s a wrap on the 2020-2021 newspaper edition! I never thought I would have such a thrilling time writing articles about my peers, let alone virtually. Throughout my time this year, it was definitely challenging reaching out to new people. After doing so, I was able to broaden my opportunities to make awesome connections and overall diversify our school. I applaud everyone on the paper for sharing some mind blowing stories about the Bulldogs on campus. Ranging from politics to plays to opinion based pieces, I enjoyed learning about everyone’s perspective. Additionally, in only such a short amount of time, I feel like I have learned so much from the program, whether that be how to report properly, or even how to improve my writing skills.

 

During this upcoming year, I am lucky enough to be President of the club. I am super excited to expand our team, and hopefully continue the tradition of The Bulldog Times! Over the summer, I am planning on educating our staff, further on how to optimize all interviews. So when the school year comes around, we can start off strong! I’m really looking forward to expanding our club outside of the journalism department, and further include the works of other photographers and artists who are looking for an outlet to post their work. I think our journalists are also going to be super excited to interview in-person, and also attend school and community events.

 

A really big focus that I want to incorporate next year is to be proactive. In doing so, we will be able to cover and produce editions that are current and up to date. I want to continue to give a voice to those who aren’t as well known on campus. Every Bulldog is unique in their own way and it is up to us, as reporters to bring light to their stories and share them with the rest of our community. I would totally recommend joining the newspaper if you’re passionate about writing and reporting! 

I honestly cannot believe my time at The Bulldog Times is already over. Although these few months have flown by, I hope to have made a decent contribution to this newspaper’s history. With that being said, I am beyond ecstatic to have had this opportunity to write. I was able to finally have a place to write about things that mattered - at least to the students here at Ayala. 

As the Editor-in-Chief, I was given a lot of freedom at the price of responsibilities that called for a particular amount of dedication. While writing my own articles, I spent nights editing the rest of the staff’s work and eventually uploading them to our website. It was nothing I ever minded because I looked forward to my duties every time we had a new issue. Holding the meetings was always so much fun because our staff always had insightful and fun articles in mind, their enthusiasm when introducing a topic they were passionate about writing made me realize that starting this club to preserve the paper became so much more. I discovered that I was not alone in wanting to find a way to exercise my writing skills in a journalistic fashion and though we were not a big club, we had the drive to make something spectacular. 

This club would not have been possible without our staff as well as our amazing advisor, Ms. Tse. Without her, this club would not have been possible as it was her idea to start the club in the place of the class this year. I am so thankful that I reached out in August and that she chose to share her idea with me. When we started this, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of the size of our staff. We ended up being a group of five and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The small size allowed me to form a bond with each and every one of the writers. It was astounding to watch their writing voices grow stronger, as well as their overall writing improve. I couldn’t be more proud to be put in the position to help them with their work and I cannot wait to see how they will take the club and improve it over the next few years. Olivia, Kevin, Lindsay, Isabel, thank you so very much for taking a chance on this club and on me, I could not have done this without you guys and I wish you the best in the future with whatever you choose to do. 

Truthfully, I believe that becoming a part of this club and helping cultivate its first year is one of the best decisions I have made in high school. I have learned so much and it becomes even more apparent looking back on my past articles. My timid and unsure writing voice has become confident enough for me to be comfortable with writing, allowing me to go into college with a stronger head on my shoulders. 

The one piece of advice I have for those tediously working through their high school years is to listen to the extremely cliché quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (thank you yearbook): “Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.” Work your hardest but I implore you to enjoy the time you have and take your time growing into the person you will become. I aspire to continue writing at Northern Arizona University while majoring in journalism but I will never forget who has encouraged me to pursue this goal and the amazing memories I have made here at Ayala. 

To all the aspiring writers at Ayala, join the Times. It's an experience to remember.