Write your history… a letter from the editor

If you had the chance to write your own history book about your life, what would you put in it? What would you leave out? Who would you mention?

I had the chance to read a lot this summer. No, I didn’t read the newest Harry Potter book or a bunch of click-bait BuzzFeed articles.

I mainly read up on two subjects: baseball history and Point Park history. I know; it’s a strange mix.

Reading baseball history was planned. My family took a weekend trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., which gave me a reason to learn more about the game, and I’ve also studied a lot of the Pirates’ history since I began interning with the club in April.

The history of the sport is fascinating. I like to think I’m a student of the game. I love learning about how baseball has evolved over the years and about the people who helped shape the sport.

I sorted through nearly 50 years of Point Park Globe issues in the newsroom in anticipation for our 50th anniversary celebration this February. I read hundreds of old articles over the course of the past four months and learned so much about the university.

I also found an old Point Park history book buried in one of the closets in my office. Point Park really has evolved over the years, and this newspaper has been there through all its ups and downs for the past 50 years.

Point Park, like baseball, has an interesting history and some fascinating people that helped shape our downtown campus. I didn’t plan to learn a lot about Point Park’s history this summer, but I’m glad I did. My dad calls me a “fountain of useless information,” and my fountain only grew this summer.

All of the reading I did this summer made me think about what my own history book would contain. Who would read it? What will I do next that gets featured in the book? How many chapters would it have?

I don’t know any of those answers, but I do know that it’s time to turn the page on the summer ’16 chapter.

Today begins a new chapter, folks. Decide today what you want written in this new chapter of your history book and go out there and make it happen.

Make this chapter a long one. Make it fun. Make it interesting.

Make this chapter one you’re proud to share with your friends and family. Don’t hold back. Try something new, talk to someone different and explore unfamiliar places. I sure hope I can take my own advice.

Today also begins a new chapter for this university.

For nearly the past 50 years, the Globe has written the first drafts of Point Park’s history.

For nearly the past 50 years, students have documented Point Park’s history and shared their opinions about the university in this newspaper.

We’re only going to continue that this year and we hope you come along for the ride. If you want part of your next chapter to include writing for the Globe, we would love to have you on board. Either way, our next chapter begins today with yours.

We’re writing the next chapter of the Globe’s history, and we will follow this university throughout the year as we detail the next chapter of its history.

While you’re writing this chapter of your history book this year, you’re going to have some challenges. It’s not always going to look like a pretty coloring book. You’re going to have days when you want to give up. You’re going to have weeks where nothing goes right.

You’re also going to have days and weeks that are some of the best of your life. Keep your glass half full and don’t quit.

I’ll share with you the best piece of advice I’ve ever received to help you through those inevitable tough times.

There are three rules for surviving television that also apply to everyday life.

1. Don’t panic

2. If you’re panicking, stop

3. If all else fails, refer to rules one and two. You’ll be OK.

You’ll write your own history book in the end. You decide what goes in it, so why not make it great? Make your history book something worth reading. Start this chapter off right and make the most out of this year.

You’re the author. Write something worth reading.

Because, why not?