Finding Your Voice

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

How do you find your voice? Rather, have you found your voice? Do you take pride in speaking loudly for others, or do you lead silently by example? When you feel so defeated, so beaten down, where do you find the strength to speak up? Do you advocate for things you’re passionate about, or do you wait in silence for the pieces to fall into place? Growing up in a large public school with a class of over 900 students, I had to find my voice very quickly. I had to learn at a young age to speak up for the passions that I felt strongly about and to protect my peers that didn’t feel like they had a voice to speak up for themselves. So, here I am. This is what has made me the person that I am today.

Coming to Wesleyan as a freshman, I had to learn to tone my voice down. At a school with so few people, I haven’t had to substitute myself in for others. Everyone at Wesleyan has a voice, and I’ve found through my three years here that everyone uses theirs. Whether it be through writing and producing the Green and Gold, cheering loudly for the football team on Friday nights or standing up in front of my classmates and singing on Thursdays in chapel, I have found many unique ways to use my voice at Wesleyan. These ways are immensely different than any that I would have been able to accomplish where I was. Although I do miss the voices and faces of my friends from the past, I am pleased to recognize the voices of where I am now. As co-editor-in-chief of the Green and Gold this year, it is essential for me to present you the information of the world through the voices of the students that work diligently to produce the newspaper. From controversial world news, to the happenings on campus and the gripping features on seniors and students, I hope that reading each issue of the Green and Gold brings you joy, knowing that it was produced with dedication and passion. Thank you for contributing to the Green and Gold by offering your time and eyes to read it.

Sincerely,

Anna Grace Bowling, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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