Senior Editorial: Nathan Kakalec
Nathan Kakalec | On 31, May 2017
How did I end up here? Well, the story goes a little like this:
It was 7 o’clock on a blistering cold October night. I had just finished watching an episode of the Colbert Report and for some reason, I was feeling particularly fed up with the American political system. Now I’m a problem solver, but, unfortunately, gridlock in American politics is kind of a difficult problem to solve. Nevertheless, I was determined to solve this problem using any means necessary.
So I decided to write.
I wrote and revised my paper almost a dozen times before I finally gave it a title: “Republicans, Democrats & Gridlock: The State of the Modern American Political System.” It was killer. So I did the only logical thing I could think of: submit it to the New York Times.
Then I waited. And waited. And waited. Now, this might surprise you, but the New York Times doesn’t publish the sub-par musings of 15-year-old boys. Especially if those 15-year-old boys cite Wikipedia as a reliable source. So I had to pursue my next best option: Rebelution, the elusive school online newspaper.
Honestly, Rebelution took a while to respond too. However, eventually editor Phil Holt told me that my generation-defining magnum opus (his words, definitely not mine) would be included in the November edition. The next week, it was published. Two weeks later, I attended my first meeting as a staff member. Within a month, I had published my second piece: “The Democratization of Cuba.” And the rest is, well, history.
Today, as I prepare to leave Rebelution behind, I take with me both tangible skills and priceless memories. My three years as a member of Rebelution forced me to grow and adapt as a writer. I had to learn to create titles, conduct research, and live blog an election. At the same time, it was the people that made this experience truly unique. I’ll always remember the warm welcome I received at my first meeting, the conversations I had with other editors, and, of course, ending up in New York on the way to the Castleton PressFest. Simply put, it is the drive and passion of the Rebelution staff that makes our paper so amazing. I am confident that the people of Rebelution will continue the tradition of providing high-quality content to the South Burlington community for years to come.