Editorial: From us to you, our final thank yous
As we wrap up Volume 49, we share our thanks and gratitude.

At the end of each year, we take the time to reflect on the moments we’ve shared. Realizing that the year has slipped past us and we’re already writing our final Editorial for Volume 49. We’ve spent the last eight months tirelessly preparing issue after issue, working to bring you the stories and amplified voices of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), and it’s crazy to think that we won’t be putting out another issue next week or accepting pitches for a new magazine until the fall. We’re both graduating this June and moving on to graduate programs on different campuses, but we know that UTM will always hold a special place in our hearts—not just because of The Medium (though our time here has been the highlight of both of our undergraduate careers), but because of the people we’ve encountered along the way. Before we go, we want to take this final editorial to thank those who have helped us realize this volume.  

We wanted to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to everyone on our wonderful Volume 49 team: Larry, Kareena, Maneka, Julia, Alisa, Samira, Aidan, River, Manjot, Belicia, and Kareem. We are unbelievably proud of each of you for your accomplishments this year. We’ve watched you grow as writers, editors, and as people, and we’re so grateful for the time we’ve gotten to spend with you all.

To the professors that have supported The Medium this year, we thank you for your willingness to contribute your perspectives in interviews with our writers. A special thank you to Professor Kate Maddalena, who joined us on The Medium’s podcast, The Medium/The Message, twice this year, and to Principal Alexandra Gillespie, who sat down with us in September to share her intentions for the academic year. 

Thank you to Antonina, Mike, and the team at MasterWeb for printing our weekly issues and our bi-annual magazines. Thank you to the CFRE and Georgiy Aylyarov, who have made it possible for us to record The Medium/The Message. Another thank you to Leena and Shane from the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Student Union for their support with coordinating our events and for managing building operations. Thank you to Linda, Tina, and the rest of the caretaking team at the Student Centre for your endless kindness and for always making us smile.  

And, most importantly, thank you to all our writers and readers. For many of us on the Editorial Team, The Medium is a passion project. We spend all our time thinking about the best editorial to write, or what news stories we can break each week, but none of that would be possible without your endless support. Believe us when we say that we read and remember each of your articles and each of your names. We appreciate the time and effort you have dedicated to our publication, and hope that The Medium will continue to be a place for you to share your writing. We can’t wait to read every single article that comes out next year, and every year after that. 

Editor-in-Chief (Volume 48 & 49) | editor@themedium.ca — Liz is completing a double major in Chemistry and Art History. She previously served as Features Editor for Volume 47, and Editor-in-Chief for Volume 48. Liz is extremely excited to have spent her time as an undergrad at The Medium, and can’t wait to inspire others and be inspired in her final year at UTM. When she’s not studying, working, writing, or editing countless articles, you can find her singing Motown hits at her piano, going on long walks by the lake, or listening to music. You can connect with Liz on her websiteInstagram, or LinkedIn.

Managing Editor (Volume 49); Senior Copy Editor (July–November, Volume 49); Copy Editor (Volume 48) — Juliana is a fourth-year student completing a double major in English and Professional Writing and Communication. She previously worked as a Copy Editor for Volume 48 and briefly as Senior Copy Editor for Volume 49. When she isn’t adding commas or splitting up run-on sentences, Juliana loves to read, play violin, sing, fangirl over multiple TV shows, and completely spoil her two dogs.


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