By Geoff Swenson
Since the beginning of this week, I have struggled with what the topic should be for this weeks column. I seriously considered writing on the increased border skirmishes between India and Pakistan, Yeltsins removal of yet another Prime Minister, or thoughts on graduation. However, I decided on a more personal topic for my last column. I decided to write on what I have learned writing a weekly opinion column for the Havre Daily News.
When I first started writing I naively thought that finding a topic every week would be an easy task. After all, all I have to have is an opinion. Unfortunately, this was not the case. After about two months, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to write about until Tuesday evening (my articles were due on Wednesday.)
Writing this column has also given me a newfound respect for people that write a weekly column day after day, year after year. Even though I only wrote this column for less than a year, it has shown what a difficult task writing a column can be at times. In addition, I have learned that not every column I write is going to be my best work. There are always going to be those columns that I look back at and think, what was I thinking?
Finally, writing this column has helped teach me to be responsible. There were some weeks where I really didnt want to write a column or was so busy I didnt think I would get it done. However, I was always able to finish it in the end. Forcing myself to get an article done has helped me to be a more responsible person. Anyway, that is all for my column, after all, it is 2 p.m. on Wednesday and I have an article to turn in.