This Year(book)

1// Best yearbook moderator/teacher/companion/leader award goes to Triplett //

After tennis season wrapped up, one thing kept me coming back to the halls of high school: the yearbook. It’s something everyone talks about, just about everyone buys, yet no one really knows how much effort goes in to create the final product. This project has been one of the largest, most stressful, and most rewarding things I’ve ever worked for. As one of the top editors, I’ve spent a lot of time seeing this thing through. This yearbook isn’t just a book, it’s so much more.

For anyone that’s considering a creative career, loves to brainstorm ideas, or enjoys working with a collaborative team, yearbook is truly one of the best opportunities to get a preview of that in high school. No one is going to snap their fingers and make the book happen–it’s the people that signed up for the class, alongside the teacher that so graciously offered his or her talent and time (emphasis on the time–our teacher put in so. much. time.) that pull it together.

What started as a little idea for the theme last summer has somehow turned into an entire yearbook–it will be an actual product! After presenting the theme about a year ago, we decided to run with it. And man, oh man, has it been a journey.

I think my favorite part of leading the staff through this project has been the experience I’ve gained through learning about creativity and leadership. I’ve learned how to pitch ideas and work in a true team environment where we collaborate on the tasks at hand. I’ve learned to manage multiple different projects at once, and I’ve learned how to prioritize those tasks while simultaneously moving forward with the rest of the book. I’ve learned to scratch my own ideas and pick up somebody else’s when mine aren’t as strong, and I’ve learned to trust my ideas when I believe they’re good enough to work. I’ve learned that I do have an eye for graphic design, even though I convinced myself for years that I didn’t. I’ve learned that the best kind of leader is one that leads by example, not by sitting back and expecting everyone else to do the dirty work. I’ve learned that I can’t depend on other people to do my job, but I sure can ask for help when I need it. I’ve learned that time management is essential, even when it’s not easy or fun. I’ve learned that I have to keep the drive going in the staff–and in myself–but I’ve also learned that I can’t take things too seriously. I’ve learned that at the end of the day, if I want something to happen, I have to do it myself. Above all, I’ve learned that I have to keep reminding myself why I’m doing what I’m doing–because for some crazy reason, I love it.

I have learned an invaluable amount of life lessons from this yearbook. One of the smartest decisions I ever made was taking that “class,” even though it’s so much more than a 90 minute block period–it requires so much more. It’s safe to say that I won’t miss spending sunshiney summer days writing captions, reformatting spreads, or naming club pictures, but I will miss seeing our lovely teacher, inspiration, and backbone of this whole thing, Mrs. Triplett, and laughing/crying about how much we still have to do. I can’t wait to take all of this real experience and use it in my future endeavors. I can’t wait to see what’s next, but first and foremost, I can’t wait to see this finished product come August! xx

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