Editor to Editor


Photo Provide by Elena Walz

I really do feel sad:(

Daniela Arias, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

I went in for one last goodbye hug, and as I pulled away, I felt the tears begin to well up in my eyes. Embarrassed yet frazzled, Elena comforted me, and I sadly spilled that I wished we would’ve gotten to know each other outside of journalism. Reflecting on the time that we did get to spend with each other, I looked up immensely to Elena. Seeing how she possesses the ability to lead while also simultaneously being everyone’s friend never failed to leave me wanting to be more like her. This desire left me eager to find out her “secrets” to being not only an amazing editor but also just a stand up person.


As Elena passes the baton of Editor-in-Chief to me, I decided to ask her for some pieces of advice that could aid me in my future leadership position.


Q: What do you think is the most essential piece of advice you can give your successor?


A: I would say the biggest piece of advice I could give to any successor in the position of Editor-in-Chief would be that it’s important that you know basically everything that goes on at the school. There are so many really cool events that we can cover and so many really talented girls, and it’s a shame some of them don’t get the attention they deserve. The RR is somewhere they should be showcased.


Q: You’re clearly a natural born leader, so what are some qualities you think have prepared you to tackle leadership positions like Editor-in-Chief (and can prepare those who come after you)? 


A: The most important thing is to be able to talk to basically anyone because there are a lot of different personality types that we deal with as editors/staff writers, so it’s important that I get along with all of them. I just have to be open to their schedules and their attitudes.


Q: Aside from having a voice of reason as the main editor, how do you also facilitate the fun aspects of being a part of the RR team? 


A: Even though I have to be a little bit assertive while we’re doing article assignments, I still really like to have fun in our class. As a leader, it’s important that you set a light tone for everyone else because people do their best work when happy.

You will be missed! (Photo Provided by Elena Walz)


Q: What’s something special you can say that you have gotten out of your time as the Editor-in-Chief of the RR?


A: Being on the Royal Reporter has really just made my writing more succinct. Especially as Editor-in-Chief, I get to see so many styles of writing and all of them are amazing, but it has been interesting to see so many different perspectives. Before this, I was only used to my own writing style, so I’ve really learned a lot about myself and the rest of the girls.


To end, I wanted to write a small note to Elena…

I am so glad we had the opportunity to be a little team this year. As I said before, you’re an all around amazing person who upholds and radiates constant positivity. With just the little bit of time we were able to spend with each other, you have really made a lasting impression on me. One can only wish to exude as much intelligence, grace, and kindness as you.