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EDITORIAL: Targum editors reflect on this past semester, look forward to summer

As the semester ends, The Daily Targum's editors offer some reflections

As end of the semester nears, The Daily Targum's editorial board reflects on this past year. – Photo by

As the semester winds down, The Daily Targum’s editorial board looks back on this past semester and thinks about what we will use the summer for.

Isabella Tyszka, editor-in-chief: "This past semester has been absolutely hectic, and I'm glad that it's over. It's crazy to think that next semester I'll be starting my final year here at Rutgers. I'm looking forward to taking the summer to see my friends and come out of my post-finals cave."

Victoria Yeasky, managing editor: "This semester was definitely one for the books in a good way but also in a really bad way. I spent a lot of money at bars and on food, made a lot of new friends and I did decent in school. Looking forward to spending more money at bars and on food this summer. Yay!"

Astha Lakhankar, news editor: "This semester, I learned about the importance of self-compassion. I feel like many people, including me, punish themselves for their failures when really that's when we should be the kindest and most patient with ourselves. This summer, I'm going to be putting that into practice more while I take a course, do some research and work on some personal projects!"

Kithmy Wickramasinghe, associate news editor: "This semester, it was challenging to adjust to everything being in person as I had very few online commitments. It was great to see so many people on campus and to make new friends in random situations. I'm looking forward to getting a chance to reset this summer and being able to spend time with family and play more guitar."

Claire Bruno, associate news editor: "I thought this academic year was one of a kind compared to previous years since the transition returning to in-person classes brought back the larger sense of community at Rutgers that seemed distant for the past two years. Knowing that we will return to this community feel in the fall makes beginning my final year a really exciting time."

Ricky Suta, opinions editor: "This semester has been trying on a number of fronts, but despite those challenges, I have learned where and with whom to prioritize my time and energy. I am excited to learn more over the summer while also getting some time to recharge and just chill with friends."

Dylan McCoy, sports editor: "This semester, I really learned a lot about myself and grew as a person. I think the sports desk made a lot of advances, and I was able to get through all my classes. I am excited to spend time with friends and family over the summer before my final semester in the fall."

Jack Bisaha, associate sports editor: "This semester has definitely been a challenge for me in terms of time management. I had to juggle a lot of different things outside of the classroom, including a new role here at the Targum and two trips to Indiana. I learned a lot in this process and met a lot of great people. This summer, I plan on relaxing for the first few weeks and resetting myself before getting back to work."

Vy Nguyen, copy editor: "I’m really proud of the work I did this semester. It was by no means perfect — I stretched myself too thin at times, but in the process, I learned how to be kinder and more forgiving to myself. This summer, I’ll be an intern at CBS New York, and I’m excited to explore a new chapter of my life!"

Kevin Rosa, associate copy editor: "My reflection on this semester is not the most positive, though I learned a lot. This spring semester was unbearable time management-wise, considering that I barely even had time to eat at times. Balancing a social life, school and work is very hard to do, but I am glad I overcame it and survived it this semester. What I am looking forward to is to have time to myself and rejuvenate with no worries."

Meredith MacLean, features editor: "Joining the Targum’s editorial board was definitely one of the highlights of my semester, as well as being able to take a bunch of really interesting classes with pre-requisites out of the way. This summer, I’m looking forward to heading to Governors Ball with the Targum to cover the festival and spending time with my cat."

Henry Wang, photo editor: "This semester, I was able to build my portfolio and land a design internship. With whatever time I had outside of school, I continued to freelance photography and videography. Despite often being overworking and having little time for self-reflection on some days, overall, I feel more confident in my career path and more content with my day-to-day life."

Chris Kim, video editor: "After being online for two years, being back in person was weird. I forgot how much time I had to put aside just to get from place to place. It ended up taking a lot more time than just sitting in my room pressing a 'join meeting' button. All things considered, I would say that I enjoyed my first semester back in person. Life is surprisingly more interesting when you don’t spend all of it in front of a computer screen."

Jonny Berkowitz, associate video editor: "This semester, I learned a whole lot about filmmaking and friendship. I look forward to getting back to it with Chris next semester. This summer, I am excited to be a production assistant on a union project with some people you might know."

Rachel Chang, social media editor: "This past semester, I had a lot of ups and downs but really did enjoy the time that I’ve had to spend on campus and with friends. I look forward to relaxing this summer as well as traveling!"

The Daily Targum's editorials represent the views of the majority of the 154rd editorial board. Columns, cartoons and letters do not necessarily reflect the views of the Targum Publishing Company or its staff.

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