This was originally written for The Redstone Rocket's year in review issue as a recap and commentary, but after it turned out a little heavy on the commentary and light on the recap, I decided to post it here instead.
Funny story: I am the only Rocket writer without a journalism degree.
I instead possess that double threat of a bachelor’s of science in sociology and criminal justice administration. Many years ago when I matriculated at Middle Tennessee State, I thought that I would graduate; go to work for a nonprofit and save the world. But post-collegiate real life often doesn’t turn out the way we envision when we are young and idealistic, and upon graduation I went with the guaranteed criminal justice job with the guaranteed paycheck. The sociology degree gathered dust until earlier this year when I took over the Rocket’s Building Our Community column, our yearlong series related to volunteers who are making the Tennessee Valley a better place to live and work.