Editorial: Drawing a Blank

It’s happened to all of us at one point or another. In class, in an interview, or in the bar (usually just as soon as the person we’ve been watching all night approaches). Our adrenaline rushes, the perfect words sit on the tips of our tongues, and then suddenly, everything goes completely blank.

For me, this blank state of mind persisted all week. I searched for a subject to editorialize on, looking for that perfect topic with which to demonstrate my alacrity and wit to any recruiters who might happen to pick up this issue. Perhaps a reflection on the importance of remaining true to ourselves as we take the first steps down our future career paths would do. Nah, too overdone (after all, we spent a good few weeks discussing this very topic in LEAD). Maybe an insightful commentary instead, delving into the current state of the economy or the markets.

Too boring, and as I’m currently ranked 56th out of 60-some competitors in the Investment Club/Fidelity Investment Challenge, I’m not sure I’m qualified. From Groundhog’s Day to the New Hampshire Primaries (events which some might argue are not that dissimilar), I tossed out one topic after another, leaving me dejectedly staring at the blinking cursor and the blank page that best represented my current level of brain activity.

Hence, this week’s editorial is short (if not sweet). Applying an interview tip from Dr Butler, I will be brief and to the point and then will move on as quickly as possible. I’ve drawn a blank. Next column, please.

Anne Ristau
Editor in Chief

February 2, 2004
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