TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, April 22, 2004
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My TCU journey through the Skiff

Kelly Morris is a senior new-editorial journalism major from Arlington.

Every semester since I came to TCU, I have read the columns of Skiff seniors soaking up advice or just getting a good laugh.

To me, the columns are more than just words from strangers. They’re my friends. Some of them, my best friends.

Now, is it really my turn?

Until this semester, I pretty much lived at the Skiff. Skiff reporters and editors were my instant family who I didn’t really want to move away from. Might sound weird, but I’m an only child. Maybe that has something to do with it. Maybe that’s why I didn’t move out of the “house’’ until last semester.

You may have seen me wearing my blue TCU hat while moving feverishly around the newsroom on the second floor of Moudy. When I wasn’t moving, I was glued to a computer screen.

It’s funny how much you can miss a place when it stressed you out so much. I do like journalism. I love it on some days, and other days I can’t stand it. There’s got to be something that brings me back. Nobody likes what they do all the time, and if they do, they’re hiding something.

I’ve learned a lot of things while at TCU, but some things have been said more than others. My journalism professors say I’ll never make much in the business. They say you have to have a passion for it. I do on most days.

And they say there’s nothing nine to five about journalism. That is already quite clear to me. I’ll graduate from TCU not having gone to many frat or sorority parties. I still can’t tell the difference sometimes between which set of letters are a sorority and which are a fraternity. But don’t feel sorry for me. I have no regrets. I joined the Skiff chapter instead.
I wish I did let go and do a little more typical college stuff before now. I’m not saying keg stands or marijuana. More time spent watching sporting events in the stands with friends instead of the press box or meeting more people in my dorm at wing socials would have been nice.

But being a journalist has its perks. The job can surprise you at any hour. I spent Friday afternoons talking to former chancellors and rugby players. I sat on the sidelines as the TCU women’s basketball team went to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. I can tell my children I was a sports editor at the Skiff just like Bob Schieffer, the legendary newsman and TCU alumnus. Not everyone can say that.

I’ll leave TCU still a procrastinator (I blame it on my major) and as big of a Dallas Stars fan as when I came. The only thing the Skiff and my journalism professors didn’t teach me is how to balance a life around a job that doesn’t quit.

I guess I’ll have to get that advice from reading another senior column.
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