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Editorial: From the Edge

 by Megan Irwin  published on Thursday, October 13, 2005


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It's been a rough week here in SPM land. I have three scary midterms this week, made scarier by the fact that I'm always editing, never studying. Stories were late, if they were turned in at all. My personal life continues to frustrate me infinitely. And I haven't slept more than four hours a night since the semester started.
I've spent much of my time these past few days quietly having a nervous breakdown and crying into my sugar free Red Bull, consumed at the disgusting rate of five cans per day this week - an all time high for me. Over and over I thought, "I wish someone would bail me out. I wish I could run away. I wish (insert trite, whiney wish here)."

Needless to say, I was in quite a self-pitying, over-dramatic state of mind as I sat down to do the final edit of this week's cover story "Wishful Thinking," (page 8). Like me, the story's main character John Tyler is an ASU student, probably stressed out about his midterms. But the difference between us is that Tyler wished for this stress. Tyler has cystic fibrosis and when he turned 18 the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted him one wish. He's much tougher than me. His wish wasn't for someone to "rescue" him from some difficult situation, or for someone to give him material things. Tyler wished for a college education. He requested a life full of exams, homework and deadlines. It kind of makes you stop and think doesn't it? When I was done reading, I actually appreciated my stress.

In a way, we all share Tyler's wish. We all came to college because we have wishes we want to see fulfilled in the future. The trouble is, during hard times, it's easy to forget why we're here. It's easy to misplace your passion and lose sight of what it is you ultimately want. I'm sure I'm not the only one given to fits of self-pity, so I hope I'm not the only one who Tyler's story will help re-focus.

Megan Irwin is the editor in chief of SPM. Reach her at megan.irwin@asu.edu.



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