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Goodbye and good luck.
This is the final issue of Salient for 2014, and what a year it’s been. This issue is filled with 31 opinions from you, the student. We wanted to make a final magazine which reflected the student body. We have a hugely diverse range of opinions. We have different ways of expressing those opinions.
But we have a shared purpose at university. We’re here to develop our thoughts and ideas and opinions, and then learn to express them. We’re all here to make ourselves better, and over the course of this year we have. And before the stress of exams kicks in, we should all take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back.
If you’re a first-year, you’ve nailed living away from home, forcing yourself to go to class and study, finding new friends, navigating the difficulties of poor student life. Next year will be great: you’ll move into flats and be able to study better because of all the practice you had this year and you’ll flourish in this great city of ours which you now know more about.
If you’re in the middle of your uni years, you’ve succeeded. You’ve survived the self-doubt and the freezing flat and the endless assignments. And the light at the end of the tunnel is that much closer. You go, Glenn Coco.
If this was your last year of tertiary education, you’ve achieved an amazing feat. Sure, you have shitloads of debt and it might be hard to get a job and stuff, but you’re smart. Like, really smart. And because you’re so smart and talented, you’ll be able to be the person you always wanted to be. Kid, you’ll move mountains!
You’ve all been amazing. Thanks for picking up our magazine every week and reading it and sharing your ideas with us and being great. Keep reading.
Finally, we want to thank everyone who made the magazine this year and let us take the credit for it. To Imogen, our designer and rock: you made our year. This magazine has been so beautiful; we truly have no idea how you do it every week. To Sophie, our news guru: you have been an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s been great to watch you develop into a top journalist. To Chloe, our creative editor: you are a shining light of inspiration in our lives. Thank you for making us better people. To Fargher, our sub-editor: thanks for being our anchor. You are a true genius and we’re so lucky to have had you. To Philip, our chief writer: if you don’t become a famous wordsmith, there is something wrong with the world. You’ve been the voice of our generation. To Penny, our feature writer: you’re an amazing writer and an even more amazing mind. It’s obvious to all that you’ll be hugely successful in whatever you do. To Dex, our website developer: we’re so glad we became friends with you this year. Thank you for making www.salient.org.nz more beautiful than we could have imagined. To Distro Joe: thanks for being such an all-round legend. And thanks for moonlighting as our pizza-delivery boy. To all the people whose names are fit to be on the page but can’t actually fit on the page: thank you. This has been the best year of our lives so far and it’s all because of you.
Duncan & Cam