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Bulldog to bulldog

POSTED August 25, 2009 10:35 p.m.
I started my current career adventure as a bulldog, a Ceres High Bulldog that is. I then became a Wildcat in college and now I’m back in Bulldog territory, only this time in my high school’s rival town.
I was really big into school spirit in high school, so this rivalry between the Ceres Bulldogs and the Turlock Bulldogs was a big deal. We used to fight over a fire hydrant at football games. Whoever won the game, got to take the fire hydrant home. Before we switched leagues, Ceres High happened to win the game and became the proud owners of the fire hydrant. That was a big day for this little bulldog.         
As the Journal’s new education reporter, my past days filled with red and white spirit must subside to support my new community of Turlock. I have come to terms that even though the Ceres Bulldogs and the Turlock Bulldogs were once at war, the battle of the dogs is now over, for me at least.      
After my proud Bulldog days, I decided to stray away from the Central Valley area and take on new challenges at California State University, Chico. I was officially a Wildcat. My dad always joked about pushing the lines of traitor territory by switching from a Bulldog to a Wildcat, but I was a proud supporter of both schools.  
Going to Chico was a big change for me. I was unsure of what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I enrolled in different classes to try and figure out what I liked and after switching my major three times, I found what I wanted to do — journalism.  
I fell in love with the writing, the connection to the community and playing the important role of being a watchdog for the community. I was lucky enough to take my first journalism class with, in my opinion, the best professor at Chico, Susan Brockus. Her passion and experience pushed me to take a class with her every semester from that day forward. She was the only one that believed in me when no one else would and that made me try even harder to be the journalist that I knew I could be.    
With four years of hard work, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree.  Graduation was a great achievement in my life. What I wasn’t prepared for was the summer that followed.
I spent this summer hopelessly searching for anyone that would give me a job.  I didn’t care what it was, as long as I could pay my bills. It took me a while to accept the fact I wasn’t going to land my dream job, but once I did, the perfect opportunity came up.  
Writing for the Turlock Journal was the opportunity I was looking for.  
Education is a great beat to cover. The continuous drive of students to get through school and the determination of parents to give their children the best education possible is an important part of the community.
I am really excited to be a part of the Turlock Journal team and be a watchdog for the community of Turlock. I look forward to being your new education reporter.      
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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