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Light and intrigue: Hayley Seibert’s senior farewell

After settling into life in Tallahassee as a freshman, I wanted to take my next steps with Florida State reporting for the FSView and Florida Flambeau as a news writer to hone my writing skills and have the opportunity to cover the many different facets of the Florida State campus to explore. .

As I write this now, as my chapter at Florida State University draws to a close, I can say that I had no idea of ​​the gift I received when I landed a spot as a staff writer at the FSView.

My time as a writer was a fruitful complement to my time at Florida State. It allowed me to write about events in our lifetimes, from the death of Queen Elizabeth II, multiple hurricanes and COVID-19 to the Centennial Memorial of the Rosewood Massacre of 1923. This position allowed me to tell the stories of students from all over on campus. , from the dance department to the College of Medicine and even student veterans.

All of these story assignments led me to talk to people I never would have met if I hadn’t stopped and asked about their stories. These pieces acted as an addition to my understanding of the world we live in and why it matters that we ask and write about it.

From my experience as an FSView writer and communications student, three things have remained constant throughout my life and my time in Tallahassee: my love for Florida State University, writing, and a deep-seated curiosity about the world.

That love for college was there from a young age, even dating back to my first Halloween as a toddler, when I wore an FSU cheerleading uniform.

Writing, curiosity, and FSU have also served as guiding principles throughout my academic career. In grade school, I dreamed of being a journalist as a kid, and I cried at every ACT study session just to get into FSU (which I did, and that’s how you’re reading this now, dear reader). Every step of the way, even as a toddler, I never stopped asking the powerful but annoying question, “Why?”

Now I notice that these three things are still intact. It is a bittersweet end to the road where I stand as I say goodbye to a place I have loved throughout my childhood and my three blessed years as a student. Florida State has served as a place of growth, fun and learning, and it will be a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever.

What’s next is not yet known. I sit here and write this with a million questions waiting for an answer about my next steps. But one thing I know for sure comes from my love of writing and storytelling.

Whatever I do, wherever it may be, I always want to be a storyteller who writes with ink or a keyboard, possessed by light, intrigue and impact. I believe curiosity is the key to how we understand each other. Curiosity is the way we discuss our days, professions, passions and lives. It is better to ask questions (even though they may be difficult) to understand each other better than to assume that we know better or fully understand something or someone when we do not.

Finally, I want to say a few words about the incredible people, places, and things I’ve asked about at Florida State University and as a writer for the FSView & Florida Flambeau.