/ˈɡrætɪtjuːd / Gradtitude
Welcome to my final Letter from the Editor for the year; I am astounded thinking about how quickly this has gone by. As I have been reflecting on this year at Pro Tem and looking forward to the completion of my degree and moving into life beyond university, I think the word above sums it all up. Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation or thanks and this feeling overwhelms me as the year comes to an end, more than usual. This word ties a neat bow around all of my experiences at Pro Tem, my academic triumphs and failures, the relationships I’ve formed. To put it simply, I am forever thankful, forever overflowing with gratitude for all that I have learned and all the ways in which I have been able to grow.
It’s important for me to extend this sentiment of gratitude to so many people. First, thank you to the team of journalists and creatives that make up the Pro Tem team. You are talented beyond words and have brought such purpose and laughter to my experience during my 5th year. I know the countless hours that go into producing Pro Tem first hand and that they can sometimes feel unnoticed but I want to tell you how much I appreciate all your effort and constant dedication. During my time as Editor in Chief, I have learned so much from all of you. It has been so great to be surrounded by writers, leaders, and friends. Thank you for taking a chance on me and investing your precious time even during the busiest of times. To my right hand, Cali, you’re a one of a kind friend and my Pro Tem partner in crime. I have been personally impacted by your dedication to student organizations and wouldn’t have wanted to share this experience with anyone else. Cheers to the end of Pro Tem brain!
Second, Thank you to all of our contributors, faculty, students and community members. It’s because of you that Pro Tem has been such a success this year. Thank you for trusting us with your thoughts, ideas and creative writing. As a team, we don’t take that lightly and your collaboration is what makes Pro Tem so great. I hope that you continue to be involved and contribute to Pro Tem in the future.
As I leave Pro Tem and graduate in June, gratitude is a feeling that impacts every part of my heart. Pro Tem you have made these past 5 years of post secondary education such a blessing. You have granted me the space to learn to lead, grow personally and professionally, and best of all, write. I cannot thank you enough.