The most stressful times are the fleeting moments where fingers are mashing the keys on the keyboard while trying not to stare at the clock. I remember a time at the University of Phoenix Stadium, as it appeared UCF was on the verge of upsetting the heavily favored Baylor Bears in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. With about four minutes left in the game, my deadline was approaching.
For a game that took so many twists and turns, I was already on at least my third different lede.
Finally, as UCF appeared to have the game in hand, it was time to press send.
Does this writing really reflect how great of a game this was? Did I take the reader into the stadium?
Next came the most impressive athletic feat to happen in that stadium that night. Due to the elevators being full, I took off at Breshad Perriman-like speed down what felt like 100 flights of stairs. By the time I arrived on the field, the post-game celebration was only moments away from starting on the field.
And then it was over.
Just like my collegiate career is now nearing its grand finale.
In just two short weeks, I'll be walking across the stage and becoming a proud owner of a UCF bachelor's degree. It also seemed to happen so fast. I remember being an 18-year-old ready to embark on four years of college. I remember staring at the clock wondering when it would be time to go to UCF.
And so much has happened since then.
Even the Central Florida Future looks a whole lot different now than it did back then. In the past year, the broadsheet transformed into a more-handy tabloid. The archaic website became a top-of-the-line experience for those looking for the latest UCF news. Without the team of talented editors around me — including Caroline Glenn, Adam Rhodes and Jazmyne Hankerson — this transition would not have been as successful. Or fun.
In the coming days I'll be handing over the title of editor-in-chief to the more-than-capable hands of Marina Guerges. She has put together a talented staff that I'm sure will raise the bar for journalism at UCF.
But most important, I appreciate the interactions we've had in the past year. Whether we've connected on Twitter, you've sent an email or even just picked up a paper between classes. Thank you for letting the Future serve you, our valued readers, and letting us, the journalists, do what we love to do.
Ryan Gillespie is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @byRyanGillespie or email him at RyanG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.