Letter From The Editor



Goodbyes are hard. And they are sad. And I do not like them.

When I first heard of SPARK, I thought it would serve as a great way to launch my career into the modeling stardom I was destined for (note the sarcasm). Thankfully, that did not happen. Rather, something completely unexpected occurred — I found my place.

Coming into college, I had a difficult time finding where I belonged. I kept trying to change into different versions of myself that I thought other people would like. But then, in 2019, I attended my first ever general meeting and discovered that I could be completely myself in SPARK. Everyone there was unapologetically themselves, which I had never experienced before. It was intimidating, but also incredible and admirable. Looking back, I’ve realized that this is what makes SPARK so special. SPARK not only values the unique essence of our members, but celebrates it through a creative lens unlike any other.

SPARK has become a safe space for so many people who, at times, have felt like they do not belong. We have such a diverse group of talented students who want to give so much to an organization because it serves them a purpose. A purpose to escape. A purpose to explore their identity. And most importantly, a purpose to value their individuality and creativity. 

I am constantly amazed by our insanely talented and hardworking staff, and feel beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to lead them these past two semesters. I want to thank all of you for allowing me to step into this role and trusting me with an organization that means so much to so many people. I also want to thank you for enduring my not-so-funny jokes during general meetings. I hope all of you found your place in this special community and will continue to cherish it for a long time. I know I will.

Saying goodbye is not merely difficult because I will no longer be a part of the incredible content we create — although I will miss that — but because it feels like I’m saying goodbye to so many people who have become my closest friends. They have shaped my perspectives and pushed me to become a better person. They have stood by my side when things were difficult, as well as when we had our greatest successes. For that, I will always be thankful. 

With all that being said, I will always have so much love and admiration for this organization. The future of SPARK is bright and I know it will continue to kick-ass for many years to come.

With love,

Rod



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