This week, I caught up with senior Madeline Orr from North Richland Hills. As a member of Sigma Theta Chi, a convergence journalism major and the editor-in-chief of The Optimist, Orr keeps herself busy but manages to balance all of her responsibilities. Sometimes it can be hard keeping up with the demands of school, a social life and running a university newspaper, so I asked Orr about her secret to success.
“There’s actually a lot of overlap between my classes and my work at the Optimist, so sometimes I forget which is for my GPA and which is for my job,” she admitted. “For the most part, I’ve had to learn that I can’t do it all by myself and that I have to give others their own responsibilities.”
The most rewarding part about it all is being a part of a publication that’s shared by a substantial group of people, Orr said.
“Sometimes I feel like no one is reading or caring about the work that we put so much effort into, but there are moments when people email me from other cities about things in our paper that touched them or people who stop me and tell me about the editorial in the Optimist that they discussed in their church small group,” said Orr.
Though there are ups and downs in the life of someone with so much responsibility—Orr said she often takes the blame for all parts of the Optimist—one thing is for sure: there’s never a dull moment as the editor-in-chief of the Optimist.