I remember when I was a little girl. I would dance around the living room in my pink Barbie tutu, screaming, “Daddy, Daddy, watch me dance!” I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up.
From ballerina to teacher to astronaut to an actress, my childhood aspirations were far and wide. It wasn’t until 11th grade when I imagined being a writer – more specifically, a journalist. I took a journalism class at my high school, and that was it. I had found the platform for the rest of my life’s journey.
Fast forward four years. Hi, my name is Rebekah Jacobson. I like to bake desserts in my dorm room, smile from ear-to-ear, and drink lots of coffee. Oh, I’m also the new editor-in-chief for The Northerner.
I never would have imagined being in this role growing up. Once I started at- tending North Central, I jumped onto The Northerner staff as a writer. I was the eager and shy freshman that nobody knew.
The past two-and-a-half years on staff have been a huge learning experience for me. Not only have my writing skills been refined, but I have learned how to work diligently with a team through many different circumstances.
When applying for editor-in-chief this semester, I was scared. I had the passion for the newspaper, but I was afraid of leading the entire staff. Then it hit me.
Sometimes we need to follow the footsteps of our fear, because that’s where the Lord wants us next. Knocking on the door of fear can bring countless new oppor- tunities before us.
I’m reminded of the Pevensie kids in Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. If Lucy didn’t crack open the door into the dark and mysteri- ous wardrobe while playing hide-and-go-seek with her siblings, they wouldn’t have discovered Narnia.
Chronicles of Narnia was probably my favorite book in my middle school years. I aspired to be like Lucy, fearless and adventurous for whatever opportunity pre- sented itself before her.
And that’s what I did. I opened the wardrobe door, and a whole new world of journalism set its course before me.
So, here I am. It’s been three weeks since classes began, and in that short period of time I’ve already grown so much. I work with an incredible team of talented writers and editors, and if it hadn’t been for their continuous encouragement and the Lord’s guidance, I don’t know where I would be.
I am so excited to refuel The Northerner this semester. My vision is to make it a relevant news source on campus that appeals to all students and staff, while giving the glory to God through every story, photo, caption and headline.