Freshmen, welcome to Wabash College! Your first week of college is one of the most exciting—but also
overwhelming—times of your life. You’ve been told about traditions, shown the ropes and met some incredible people, all in a very short period of time.
One of the most common pieces of advice freshmen receive is to get involved. Fraternities, sports teams, clubs and organizations all offer opportunities to do great things and enrich your life outside of the classroom. Among these great organizations, The Bachelor has produced some of the finest Wabash Men in the College’s history, and you could be the next.
The Bachelor won Division III Newspaper of the Year at the Indiana Collegiate Press Awards in 2023, and the 2023 Princeton Review named us third-best college newspaper in the country, just two spots behind Columbia University. As you may know, however, there are no journalism majors at Wabash. None of the work we do is for a grade. The Bachelor is staffed by future journalists to be sure, but also future lawyers, doctors, businessmen, actors, artists, writers and photographers. What unites the staff of The Bachelor is a dedication to serving the Wabash community, a passion for working hard, and a strong sense of camaraderie.
It’s not just about us and what we achieve. Writing for The Bachelor is another opportunity to deepen and hone the skills that Wabash seeks to develop in you.
Obviously, your writing skills will be put to work. If you want to become a great writer, there’s no better supplement to the education you receive in the classroom than writing a beat. However, while writing is the most important skill needed to write for a paper, you’ll develop many other critical skills for success in college and beyond.
Writing and working in a paper office is an excellent preparation to enter team- based environments in the business world. Your oral communication, time management and decision-making skills will all be pushed, and you’ll realize how far you’ve come in those after just a few short weeks of writing.
Perhaps most importantly, working as a student journalist will make you inquisitive. Curiosity is a key attribute of a successful writer, and as you research and investigate for your articles, you’ll find that you start asking better questions about events, people, and the community around you. Conducting interviews will train you not only for writing, but also for getting to the heart of the issues that really matter.
Even still, it’s about more than developing yourself. Ultimately, writing for The Bachelor is an opportunity to get in close touch with the Wabash community. Your first level of community is The Bachelor office, where you’ll make close, lifelong friendships that will be your rock through your college years and beyond. However, you are also put into contact with the larger campus community as well. Your interviews will take you to every corner of campus, from fraternities and sports facilities, to faculty and administration offices. You’ll even make a friend or two in unexpected places just by volunteering to write a piece on something you don’t know much about.
The Bachelor holds staff meetings in the basement of the Armory on Mondays at 12:10. Come find us when you’re ready.