#Goodbye TNS - You were there for me at my lowest, I struggle to think where I’d be without you
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As The National Student closes its doors at the end of the week, old Sports Editor and current contributor Joe Rindl tells us what the platform means to him.
I hesitate to say what my life would have been like without The National Student; quite possibly I may not have been here to tell you.
Moving to University is one of the most foreign, surreal and difficult things you will do. For many, including myself, it is an occasion to metamorphosis and to transform into somebody else, an opportunity for a fresh start. But the demons that haunted me in my final school years remained and I found myself confined to my bedroom in my student halls from Freshers week to mid-October. From the outside, it seems desperately tragic, self-formed obstination as I seemed to take pleasure in sabotaging the best years of my life. In truth, depression was certainly a factor. Boredom was also most prevalent.
I was fortunate enough to have enrolled on a successful internship with one of the nation’s leading sports-news outlets that previous summer. Here I had discovered my true passion for journalism, inspired by the charming grassroot articles compiled by those who had mentored me. And despite my own imitations of their brilliance, I would not be working there again until Boxing Day. It would mean my only exposure to journalism would be the back-to-basics being taught in the early stages of my course. So yes, it was probably boredom that did it, when in late October I responded to a message in the spam folder of my University email. It was from The National Student’s Assistant Sports Editor, Luke Chillingsworth. A basic call for new writers for his humble section of the website; a call I immediately responded to. I was commissioned to write a retirement piece on Premier League journeyman Ricky Lambert. A striker whose otherwise mediocre career saw a late, unimaginable revival which culminated in him becoming a national hero after a last-minute winner for England over Scotland. That article never made it onto the website, but I was enamoured. Captivated by writing again I soon had my first story published, followed by a first feature and then a second, and then a third. I was, for the first time since I had started university, truly happy. I went out more as a result; the confidence Luke and Sports Editor George Storr had shown towards me stayed with me, and still does to this day.
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