Tiffany Cobb, The Vision Online Staff Writer
Ummm hi. I’m Tiffany Cobb. I’m the one who wrote all the sarcastic articles, taught you unimportant things about Jimmy Epting and took a “selfie” with Delvin Choice for a story because my DSLR camera died during the event. You may know me better as my beloved “Tiffany Cobb, The Vision Online Staff Writer."
I’m so much more than a staff writer though. I’ve lasted through four and a half years of college, I spent a summer traveling Europe and I love the Oxford comma even though proper AP style says its isn’t appropriate in journalism.
I’ve only written for the Vision Online/Skyliner for this semester. I tried a few years ago, but as a scared freshman – it just didn’t work out. Writing is my passion, however. It will always be how I can best express myself. Spoken word is too easily confused with intonation and art evokes no emotions for me, but writing is a whole new world. Being able to reach millions of people at one time is a feeling you can’t replicate and writing does that for me. I can hide my secretly introverted self behind a screen and become a totally different person. No, not a different person – the real me.
This semester has opened that door for me. I was given the ability to take an idea and turn it into my own. Over the past 14 weeks, I wrote stories I never would have imagined writing, like about the golf team volunteering to renovate a prison into a homeless shelter or a review for a restaurant I’d never eaten at and couldn’t reach the owner. It pushed me to find different angles and as much as I hated it, it was actually good for me.
So as I leave this institution (some would wonder what kind of institution if you’ve heard me stress about the upcoming weeks), I bid you all adieu. I’ll be in Greenville for a few more years, but after that you’ll have to look me up in Vienna, Austria where I’ll be serving as a traveling photojournalist for TWR (formally known as Trans World Radio).
I could end this article with a wise quote, some sage advice or even a funny limerick, but instead I think I’ll just say, “Peace out, home-skillet. Keep it real and don't be too stupid.”
Adviser's Note: Continuing a tradition begun with NGU's student newspaper, "The Skyliner," many years ago, we have asked graduating staff members to write a "farewell column." Look for them throughout finals' week.