It’s hard to believe that it’s May. It’s even harder to believe that the time has come to write this bittersweet farewell note. And to be perfectly honest, I wish I didn’t have to. Letting go of something you’ve loved and cared for and watched grow into something bigger and better and more beautiful than you could have imagined is never easy — The Hoot Blog is no exception. When my new friend and former tumblr photog crush (it’s true) Esther Jung and I were asked to assume the roles of co-blog directors in December of our freshman year, we were extremely flattered. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: we almost didn’t take the job. We barely have time to see each other, let alone run a blog together! we thought, in the flurry of our first year. Thank goodness we went against our better judgement and took the plunge into the WordPress realm. Since our first real-life meeting, we have bonded over magazines we spend far too much money on, Sofia Coppola films we love and watch repeatedly, and photographers whose work makes us swoon; it was only natural that we sought to collaborate on something creative outside of class. Little did we know that our pipe dreams of on-campus fashion shoots, off-campus excursions to New York Fashion Week, and capturing our sartorially savvy campus for all to see would actually become a reality in a few short months.
Without Esther on board, this blog would not be possible. She lends her eye for everyday beauty, her appreciation of “light,” and her natural way with a camera to the visuals you enjoy, and has taught me so much over the past year and a half. Somehow, in between myriad problem sets and review sessions, she has made time to share her talent with the Columbia community. I could not have imagined working alongside a more wonderful co-director than her.
So many big, huge, gigantic, heartfelt thank yous! are also sent to anyone who has ever written a post, photographed a classmate, or contributed any amount of time to the blog and to Hoot at large. It has been a true pleasure getting to know so many of you as we kept this blog running week after week, and I can only imagine what you will do with it when I’m abroad. One thing I know for sure (is this my Oprah moment?) is that it will only get bigger and better this fall. You can bet that I’ll be checking in from across the pond.
Finally, to our readers: Thank YOU for believing in the little Columbia style blog that could, for reading our posts, for liking our pages, and for inspiring us to do what we do. It has never been difficult to find students to feature in our posts — so many of you are among the coolest, most creative, most unique people in the process of getting a college degree across campuses that my staff and I have ever met, and through your one-of-a-kind style sensibilities, it shows.
Stay tuned for all new posts this summer as The Hoot Blog’s new director, Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle, assumes the role of director! I have no doubt that she will bring you a year of posts worth keeping up with, you stylish readers, you.
Without further adieu,
Barnard College, Columbia University
Class of 2015