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The Rock at BC Presents: I Wanna Get Better

For the first time in our short history, we here at The Rock have switched media to create our premier promotional video. Set to the song “I Wanna Get Better” by indie pop band Bleachers, this video is our way to show off who we are and what we’re all about at The Rock. But since we are writers first and foremost, we decided to put our vision into words–read on to find out a little about why The Rock is so important to all of us.

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“For me, this video was about finding my voice at BC. The Rock has not only given me a place where I can voice my opinions in a creative way, but an amazing group of friends as well. During my first semester as a freshman, I sort of expected things to fall into place in terms of social life and extra-curriculars, but I ended up learning that for things to get better, I had to make an effort to create a life I love.” – Grace Rice ‘18

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.05.56 PM“I didn’t do much first semester (probably why it was sh*t) and wanted to try and get involved second semester. Since I enjoy writing I figured I’d give the Rock a chance. Little did I know it would evolve into something much bigger than just a publication. It became a place for me to be myself. Somewhere to be a little weird without having to be self-conscious about it. God bless this publication for letting me be me. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to write with. And to the kids still struggling to adapt, much like I was first semester, don’t worry. It gets so much better. Trust me.” – Korey Ryan ‘18

“I joined the Rock this past fall, the beginning of my freshman year, because I knew that I wanted to write. A few weeks later, BC upset USC in a football game that will be ingrained in my memory for the rest of my life. I woke up the following Sunday and wrote my first article on the events of the night before. I absolutely loved being able recap the memories from the night prior, continued writing on the football team for the remainder of the season, and was excited to put my thoughts on BC Football into words each and every Sunday. To me the Rock is a place for people to share their passions and opinions while improving their journalistic abilities. We may not be the biggest publication on campus, but we are definitely the most fun, the most supportive, and the best spot for people to share their thoughts on topics that mean something to them. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Rock and its growth for the next three years.” – Mike McGee ‘18

“While on the outside, the Rock may simply appear to be the best publication on campus, it’s so much more than that. Its significance goes beyond the writing, the creativity, and even the sick Rock apparel. Being a part of the Rock is being a part of a family. It’s a special bond where everyone has their own unique role, and everyone has each others back. In the often hectic, ever changing times of college, it’s nice to know the Rock is always something I can count on.” – Alex Ricciardelli ‘18

“I joined the Rock because it is a place where I can express my thoughts and opinions in a way that doesn’t adhere to strict regulations or guidelines. Unlike other publications, at the Rock I’m free to express my writing any way I want and whenever I want to. You don’t get that type of creative freedom anywhere else. And although I’m not studying anything remotely related to writing, I still feel like my articles are just as accepted as those from people that are. The Rock gives me a voice and that’s why I love being a part of it.” – Michelle Castro ‘18

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.05.09 PM“Going to a Rock meeting feels like coming home. I wrote for my high school newspaper and knew I wanted to write at BC. Shortly into first semester, I met Kate (our Queen Bee) and knew that I was a part of something special. The Rock is a creative outlet, a family, and so much more. Every person on this campus has a voice, and each voice is profoundly important. The Rock allows me to share my voice in an absurdly positive environment full of indescribably talented authors. I love this group and I love these people. They make me ‘wanna get better’ at everything I do.” – Alexa Kilroy ‘18

“I honestly had no idea what the Rock was when I filled out the interest form the summer before my freshman year, and honestly, I went to the student activities fair in September not really sure if I was going to go through with joining. One thing led to another and I ended up going to a meeting and eventually writing my first article. I liked, and still do, how I could express my opinions in a casual and light-hearted way, and I didn’t worry that my thoughts were out in a public forum. I’ve shared things about myself on the Rock that I would’ve never said before I arrived at BC. The Rock gave me the confidence to be everything that I am and not apologize for it. I’ve gotten better because of the Rock, and I know I’m gonna get even better these next three years with this little family of kick ass writers by my side.” – Edward Byrne ‘18

“This video was an unexpected surprise to be involved in but I am glad I got to be a part of the glory that is this short snippet of the Rock! What makes The Rock a great publication is the amount of liberty we have in our inspiration for stories and how we collaborate for great content. I definitely am proud of the phrase “Stay Weird , Stay Different” because that is how I can shine at BC. Here at the Rock, nobody has to conform to anything, and what you say matters. I hope to write more kickass articles and can’t wait to see what the Rock becomes in the years to come.” – Kyle Donohue ‘17

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.12.08 PM“When I joined the Rock towards the end of my first semester of freshman year, I had a crap ton of pent up emotions. I wasn’t tech-savvy enough to start a blog, didn’t have the money to buy a journal, and was far too scared to apply to the Heights or the Gavel (deadlines and real commitments are a personal enemy of mine). I think that was why I felt so at home when I started writing, since this was a similar group of people like me, each one with a passion for writing and wanting to address things that are important to them but were unsure how. The Rock is important because it allows that outlet to everyone else, all those who maybe otherwise wouldn’t have a voice. Now I have a place to share all of my weird opinions, a family on campus who is all just as ridiculous as me, and the satisfaction of knowing that my voice being heard. Plus, I really wanted another sweatshirt. It can only get better from here on out.” – Joey Dorion ‘17

“I think one of the many shortcomings with publications on campus is that they embrace a very institutional approach to creating content. For me, this video stands for the very thing I joined the club for in my senior year of high school: we’re just a group of friends that write for fun. Everyone can have their voice heard and publish what matters to them.” – Jack Donovan ‘17

“I joined The Rock on a whim at the end of my senior year of high school. I expected it to just be something I did on the side, nothing special. I quickly realized how mistaken I was, as early as the involvement fair of fall of my freshman year, when I hung out with Kate (our current chief), and Meagan (our former chief). I’ve said this many times these past few days, but I really mean it: The Rock isn’t just a group of writers, we’re a group of friends, unique individuals who love to work together to make The Rock the best it can be. I’m so proud of how it has grown since I joined, and I’m so excited to see how it will flourish in the future.” – Saidhbhe Berry ‘17

“Where else can I profess my love for my dear friend Taylor Swift (plz love me)? Well actually I’m sure there are a few places…however probably none of them besides Dwayne Johnson (The Rock get it??) would have offered me a group this awesome.  Most people are great, having something beneficial to share with everyone.  The Rock offers that in the friendliest way possible, share your awesomeness in your own way.  So tell me what you want, what you really really want?” – Jake Maestas ‘16

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 1.07.20 PM“I joined the Rock because I loved to write. Now, I still love to write, and I’ve found with it a community of weird and hilarious humans that I never expected to find. Writing can be a pretty solitary endeavor, but the Rock makes me laugh, think, and be so proud of the opinions held within my BC community. It shows me time and again that there’s a place for my voice–and now, I wanna get better at sharing it.” – Melissa Warten ‘16

“Weirdly enough, I got pushed into joining from a mutual friend of the original creator, Ian Malone. By my second semester of freshman year, I had already joined The CCE and was doing improv and didn’t think I’d have time to also write for a newspaper. The Rock was the answer to my problem, because I was told I could write about anything I wanted, whenever I wanted. Though I haven’t always written frequently, the members of this club have always treated me like no time has passed and nothing has changed. Thank you for a wonderful 3.5 years, and I wish the best for the future.” – Danielle Dybbro ‘15

“I joined The Rock in its early stages of developing into a real source of student writing on the BC campus. When I joined alongside Kate Lewis, the club was comprised of maybe five people. I am amazed by how much The Rock has grown in the past two years alone. One of the main reasons I joined The Rock was because of the fact that it was growing. I wanted to be one of the first people to support it and watch it flourish in the future. Now that Kate and I are headed on the the real world (gasp), we’re glad to see The Rock will be left in capable hands. My greatest hope is for this publication to continue to grow and be a greater voice for students on campus. It was created as an alternative to other publications and remains independent of the university. I don’t think it should ever be integrated based on the fact that it allows for an open forum to voice opinions without the notorious censorship of Boston College’s administration.” – Christian Petro ‘15

“When I joined the Rock halfway through my sophomore year, I was a frustrated, f***ed-up kid who liked to write and needed an outlet. Almost immediately, I knew it would be more than that: it was a place where I had the courage and confidence to stand up for myself, express what I believed in, and most importantly, do (what is true to) me. Most importantly, The Rock says it’s okay to be different in your own way, without pigeonholing or stereotyping kids who stand out. Now, as chief, I couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come and where we promise to go. The Rock is my rock, and to quote the song itself, I didn’t know I was lonely till I saw its face. I’m a better person than I used to be because of it–because the Rock made me want that for myself.” – Kate Lewis ‘15

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