On a summer day last year, I packed my
fifteen-year newspaper career into a cardboard
box and walked out of The Advocate,
Louisiana’s largest daily newspaper, where I
was assistant features editor, food editor and
books editor. I thought it was my dream job,
with an editor who was a mentor and a friend.
But then, Phi Kappa Phi came along.
During that fifteen years in newspapers, I’d
toyed with academia, earning a pair of master’s
degrees and working, briefly, on a Ph.D.
in history. Life intervened, but my love of
When the opportunity arose to take over
the Forum, I saw the chance to combine
the two halves of my life — journalism and
academia — and work for an organization I
could believe in. Bonus.
I am thrilled to be a part of Phi Kappa Phi.
But as excited as I was (and still am), I spent
more than a few sleepless nights. Is this the
right job for me? My family? Am I the person
Phi Kappa Phi wants? Needs? The answer to
most of those questions is a resounding yes,
happily, and will continue to be for a long
time, I hope.
That’s the thing about change. For us to
stay in a place we love, we can’t stay the same.
We must change to adapt to the needs of
our workplace, our family, our friends, and
they must continue to meet us, too. We get
married, have kids, we divorce. We get sick.
Our wants and needs evolve as we grow as
people and employees. Change surrounds us,
all the time. In many ways, change is the only
constant in our lives.
This issue of the Forum is full of change.
By now, you’ll have noticed it looks different.
We have new features like the Et Al news
roundup, which we hope you find interesting
and useful. The magazine is also organized
a little differently, as we try to highlight Phi
Kappa Phi’s multidisciplinary nature. And
we’re not finished. We’re listening to you, our
members, and will be adjusting the Forum as
we hear from you about what you like.
Change can be uncomfortable. We worry.
We fret. We drive our friends and loved ones
crazy. We lose sleep.
But, as I’ve learned, that just means we’re
growing and learning. The only mistake would
be to not change at all.
BETH COLVIN, graduate of Louisiana Tech University
and Louisiana State University, is the editor of the Phi
Kappa Phi Forum. Talk to her at firstname.lastname@example.org
and follow her on Twitter at @bethcolvinreads.
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CHANGE, EVEN FOR THE BETTER,
CAN MAKE US UNCOMFORTABLE