Scrolling Headlines:

UMass hockey falls flat in 5-0 loss to Northeastern -

January 20, 2018

UMass women’s track and field takes first, men fourth at Joe Donahue Games -

January 20, 2018

Sanzo: UMass’ game vs. St. Louis is a sign of what it is without its grit -

January 20, 2018

UMass men’s basketball gets blown out by Saint Louis, 66-47 -

January 20, 2018

UMass hockey shuts down No. 8 Northeastern with 3-0 win -

January 19, 2018

Matt Murray hands Northeastern its first shutout of the season -

January 19, 2018

Minutewomen stunned by last-second free throw -

January 19, 2018

UMass hockey returns home to battle juggernaut Northeastern squad -

January 18, 2018

Slow start sinks Minutemen against URI -

January 17, 2018

UMass three-game win streak snapped in Rhode Island humbling -

January 17, 2018

Trio of second period goals leads Maine to 3-1 win over UMass hockey -

January 16, 2018

Small-ball lineup sparks UMass men’s basketball comeback over Saint Joseph’s -

January 14, 2018

UMass men’s basketball tops St. Joe’s in wild comeback -

January 14, 2018

UMass women’s track and field have record day at Beantown Challenge -

January 14, 2018

UMass women’s basketball blows halftime lead to Saint Joseph’s, fall to the Hawks 84-79. -

January 14, 2018

UMass hockey beats Vermont 6-3 in courageous win -

January 13, 2018

Makar, Leonard score but UMass can only muster 2-2 tie with Vermont -

January 13, 2018

Pipkins breaks UMass single game scoring record in comeback win over La Salle -

January 10, 2018

Conservative student activism group sues UMass over free speech policy -

January 10, 2018

Report: Makar declines invite from Team Canada Olympic team -

January 10, 2018

There’s no other organization on campus I’d rather be a part of

(Nick Souza)

After three years here at the Daily Collegian, my only regret as graduation looms for me is that I didn’t have a fourth.

I came into the Collegian with no prior journalism experience or knowledge of AP style writing, the inverted pyramid or how to carry myself in an interview or press conference.

I still remember how reluctant I was to take a story at first as I attended my first couple of sports section meetings and remained mostly quiet. I also remember finally getting up enough courage to write my first football notebook for the section after two or three meetings.

That first notebook got really carved up. I think it was pretty clear to then assistant sports editor Ross Gienieczko that I had very little idea of what I was doing—and for the record I went back and saw the amount of edits he had to do for that notebook, and let’s just say I’ve come a long way.

I guess the fact that I’m now in the same position Ross was three years ago shows that no learning curve is too steep to climb. Success is not the absence of failure, but the willingness to learn from it.

My only real motivation at the start was the fact that I liked sports and I liked to write, and being a sports writer for a student newspaper seemed like a pretty logical choice for me.

At first I expected it to be just a casual extra curricular activity that I could write a few stories here and there for. I had no idea that I would eventually end up in the position I am today and end up loving what I do for the Collegian so much.

I never thought that this paper would take me to Frozen Fenway to cover the Massachusetts hockey team, or that it would put me within feet of ESPN host Chris Berman stopping by for the UMass football team’s annual spring game.

I certainly didn’t think I would be so dedicated as to drive to the cities of Boston, Hartford and Providence to cover hockey games.

My time here has introduced me to some of the nicest and most interesting people that I’ve met through out my time here at the University.

I will always have a love-hate relationship with the late nights on desk and the software tools we were forced to use (at this point the dealing with both InDesign and WordPress has really become a toss up).

However, no matter how inconvenient working until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. on some nights were the people I had a chance to work and spend it with always made it better.

While I only got three years out of it, I am thankful to have stumbled across the little dungeon in the Campus Center that we call our office.

For an office that has no windows, it never once felt like a dark place. Even on nights when I had an assignment due or an exam to study for, a small part of me always looked forward to being part of another production night. I always look forward to seeing the Collegian staff again.

I don’t know what the future holds for me or if I’ll ever work in journalism again, but I know I’ll always value my time here. There’s no other organization on campus I would have rather been a part of.

Nicholas Souza was an assistant sports editor and the OpEd senior producer and can be reached at and followed on Twitter @nicksouza27.

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