07 Apr Now THAT’S How You Finish Your Undergrad
Tomorrow is my last day of my undergraduate classes at the University of Western Ontario.
I will no longer be sitting in lecture halls learning about communication theory
I will no longer be munching away on my favourite Buffalo Chicken wraps from the on campus restaurant
And I will no longer have the chance to help out in the on campus newspaper.
Well, that is until after tomorrow’s issue.
Over the past few years, I have appeared randomly in the Western Gazette, the only daily newspaper for a Canadian university campus. I’ve modeled for special issues, been interviewed for sorority and charity things, and I’ve even had one of my tweets quoted. I’ve pretty much been in the Gazette at least once a year, every year in my four years at UWO.
Never did I think I’d be in it like this
This past summer, I was emailed by reporter Arden Zwelling who asked to interview me for a little story about Uncover Ostomy. I replied with enthusiasm saying that as soon as the school year began, we could meet up and get it going. Unfortunately, as the year went on, the time to meet up with him started to disappear. He was busy with more important and current stories about London and UWO such as the debated teacher’s strike, the snow day, and the intense student government election. All this pushed my story behind. I didn’t mind, it was news. I was just lucky to have been asked!
So I sat for months and months and waited my turn…
And then I forgot.
Last week, I was cleaning out old emails on my blackberry and came across the email from Arden from the summer. It was then that I figured, “hey, I have a week left at UWO, I might as well give him a little shout and see what he’s up to.” So I did.
To my luck, he was willing and ready to interview me for the article had promised. We met up, had a long 40 minute interview session, and said our goodbyes. I was thrilled to have any media exposure for UO and couldn’t wait to read the article.
Little did I know the article he had promised was going to turn into a front spread and 3 page story.
Thanks to him, Uncover Ostomy now has the most media exposure it has ever had. The three page spread not only shares my story, but shares the term ostomy with those who have never heard of it before; all 30,000 people on Western’s campus.
To top the whole thing off, this issue is the last issue of the year, meaning it will remain on newsstands all over campus for the entire exam period- a month!
Though I am extremely sad to be leaving my friends, my classes, my favourites foods, and my UWO community, as least I’m leaving with a bang.