Over the next month, meet your student media leaders will be a recurring feature section highlighting the editors and general manager of NSU’s media outlets.
Megan Palmer is a senior and second-year editor in chief of NSU’s official yearbook, the Potpourri.
When she first joined the Potpourri in fall 2016, she was named the freshman scholar. This position taught her about the different and important areas of our yearbook. She learned how to write stories, take photos and design each page.
“It was an amazing experience because it taught me that yearbooks are not just for high school and below but for everyone young and old,” Palmer said.
She wanted to become editor in chief because it would be an experience and opportunity that would enhance her passion for yearbook, and it has.
“I was an editor back at my alma mater, Many High, but that could not compare to what an editor in chief of a college yearbook was responsible for,” she said.
She hopes to publish a yearbook that will help people remember the times they had at NSU forever. She wants the people of NSU to be able to look back and know that without them the history of NSU would not be possible.
Her first year of being editor in chief taught her that managing a staff and meeting deadlines are a lot harder than it looks.
“It is hard being a leader over a group of people who are around the same age as myself,” Palmer said. “There is a fine line of being their friend and being their boss, and that line can become hazy. Deadlines are a beast within itself. Now I know if your staff is as passionate about their work as you are then deadlines are met and managing a staff becomes that much easier.”
For Palmer, the hardest part about being editor in chief is making decisions that could make or break something. She has been in a leadership position before in high school, but in college she could never get used to it.
“I have to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people who I would never speak to in my life,” she said. “I went from being one of the club members to managing a staff of about 18 people. No one can really prepare you for this position. You just dive in and rely on the people who are there to help guide you.”
Palmer said that she never could have overcome any obstacle without Kenneth Burns, the student media adviser.
“Him being there during my break downs and the “I don’t know what to do’s” helped me make sure the book was done on time,” she said.
With his advice and guidance, she was able to overcome and conquer any situation. Her loved ones also helped with listening and gave advice when needed.
“Talking with staff members helps too with figuring problems out and giving me another point of view,” Palmer said.
One of her favorite parts about working with her staff is when they are in a meeting and talk about what stories to put in the yearbook. Since everyone comes from different backgrounds, they all have something to bring to the table. Ideas start bouncing around, and soon they have up to 15 story ideas.
“It makes me so happy seeing their faces light up when given the chance to suggest ideas on how to make the yearbook better,” she said.
Her favorite memory is when she sees people first pick up the yearbook. She likes to watch as students search through the yearbook to find themselves or to reminisce on memories of a particular page.
“It never gets old for me to see people smile as they walk away with something my staff members made through their hard work and dedication,” Palmer said.
The most rewarding parts of being editor in chief are the connections and friends she has made through this position.
“I am a shy, introverted person, but this job has made me come out of my shell to do things I would have never dreamed of doing,” Palmer said.
She hopes everyone can see that this yearbook has the passion and determination of the NSU community shown through each page.
“Working on the yearbook has impacted me in ways I couldn’t describe,” Palmer said. “I have gained confidence, leadership skills, connections and so many other things that can help me in the future. Any one should be on a yearbook staff at least once in their lifetime.”
The future of the Potpourri looks ever-changing in her mind.
“Every new year, new people, new staff and even a new (editor in chief) changes the whole outlook of a yearbook,” Palmer said. “As the world changes, the Potpourri will adapt and improve from the past year. I want it to become so amazing that we win awards to show off the talent of the Potpourri.”
Palmer has many goals she wants to accomplish after she graduates in May 2020. She plans to work for the Disney company in the fall of 2020 and hopefully the spring of 2021.
“I want to experience making the magic that has always made me believe that anything is possible with faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust,” Palmer said.
Afterwards, if she can’t land a full-time job with Disney, she wants to work for Balfour as a yearbook representative.
“I will never be able to get rid of my love for yearbooks, so I want to help others who love yearbook as much as I do,” Palmer said.