By Carlie Connolly
I am sad to announce that I will no longer be the Cypress Courier reporter as of May. 1. I will be moving on over to Kelowna, British Columbia, as my other half has accepted work he just can’t pass up.
It was a beautiful June summer day when we first arrived in Medicine Hat, and I was excited for the new adventure, my stomach filling up with butterflies as I took in the beautiful countryside surroundings.
This was my very first job in my dream field of journalism, and I have been so lucky to have worked with such incredible people, from co-workers to the many I have met on my journey. I graduated from honours journalism in Halifax and its safe to say, I have enjoyed getting experience now from many provinces. Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta, you have been good to me!
I’m not someone that takes change lightly, I really never have been, but this is pretty exciting, this whole grown up thing. Coming out here to Medicine Hat was the biggest change I have ever gone through in my entire life. What I have learned to ask is why don’t they teach you life lessons in school that apply to the real world? Instead of Biology class, I would have liked to learn about paying bills, money management and taxes!
With this move being an even bigger change I am happy to say that I am ready, and I owe it all to being in Medicine Hat and working at the Cypress Courier. If it’s one thing I have learned in my life so far as a young journalist, it’s to take every up and down and roll with it, and it’s all about the people. I have met tons of people and have attended many events and each time I go, I learn more and more about my career and what it takes to get that amazing interview with those spot on quotes that really tell the whole story.
I am very excited for this new change, but nervous too, as this is where it all began for me, right here in Medicine Hat. This is a place I have had my first car, my first house with my boyfriend, my first dog and most importantly, my first career as a journalist. I am so glad I hopped in that UHAUL and travelled out here, because it has truly been the experience of a lifetime for me, and I’ve learned a lot. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment, but I thank you all for the connections, it really was great talking to each and every one of you.