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Editorial: Speed Up Or Slow Down?

Even though I knew I was attending Hofstra University and knew I wanted to study journalism, the day after my 2005 Sewanhaka High School graduation was as odd as ever. I was fidgety, I was anxious…didn’t want to slow down. I was being told I should by family and friends alike, but wanted to keep busy.

I quickly (yes, quickly) found a job in a warehouse in Lynbrook stocking construction parts, light fixtures; you name it, to get some cash going into college. I was in a rush.

My boss, Tom even noticed. One day he yelled to me, “Slow down, you’ll be there before you know it.” At the time, I wasn’t sure what he meant and actually never followed up as to why he said it (a journalism no-no).

I won’t pretend to have all the answers, but I think what he meant was to take life as it comes because before you know it you’re there. “There” for me seven years ago was Hofstra.

It was a shock at first. I wasn’t the only one in a rush. There were thousands of students ready and raring to go with their higher education. It was there, when my Journalism 1 professor, Peter Goodman, on the first day said, “Half of you in this room will change your major…twice.”

We all looked around kind of giggling, but also unsure. Did I choose the right path? Was I in over my head? Perhaps I should think twice?

Nope.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far, it’s that not forging ahead because of uncertainty is counterproductive. That direction led me to intern covering the New York Jets in 2008, snagged me a freelance writing gig out of college while working two other jobs and now, here at Anton.

I think I was right.

If there’s anything to the news business it’s not to slow down, but to speed up; although I think Twitter and the Internet had something to do with that.

Am I there yet? Not sure. Again, I won’t pretend to have all the answers.

—RF