The Daily Journalist

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Published on May 12, 2023

“You can do anything that you put your mind to. The only thing stopping you in this world is yourself.” – Cynthia Boynton, HCC Journalism professor

“Well hello class!” Twice a week, I’ll hear this voice come through the doors of Beacon Hall and know automatically that I’m in for learning something new. Although I’ve had many teachers throughout my academic career, there are only few that will stick to me for the rest of my days. To me, teaching is more than putting a lesson onto Blackboard and telling students to “figure it out.” Teaching is more than going by the book and having no creativity during your lessons. Ultimately, teaching is all about getting into the action of what students desire to learn, and educating students on real world experiences, instead of what strictly goes in and out the classroom. Professor Boynton fits this narrative completely. Because of that, I thank her.

Journalism and media is what makes the world go round. Give thanks to those who teach you how to become great. Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

As an aspiring fashion and beauty editor, I desire to know the ins and outs of the journalism and media industry. Between writing articles the proper way, or the many publications located in the tri-state area, as a student, I truly want to know everything there is to know about the field. Professor Boynton has provided nothing less of this knowledge. With her extensive background in the media industry, she has truly been a gem when it comes to knowing more on my goals and interests. The things I know now are something I believe I would have never learned on my own.

Now, while it’s great that I know all these great things when it comes to being a successful writer, Professor Boynton has also provided nothing but praise and good words throughout this journey. I can’t count how many times she’s told me I’m a great writer, even when I feel doubtful of my work. When it comes to my ideas, she’s there to listen, when it comes to encouragement, she’s ready to pour into me like no other.

Professor Boynton has shown me what not only a great teacher and a phenomenal writer is like, she’s also taught me how to be confident in my work, how to walk into a room with grace and be prepared to conquer the day, and to not live with negative thoughts on my dreams. Grateful is an understatement. With such honor, Professor Boynton has truly changed my academic life.