Marty: Don’t be afraid to take chances


Courtesy of Khanh Nguyen

Sports Editor Sean Marty covered his last men’s home basketball game on Saturday, March 5.

Life’s all about taking chances and that’s how I would sum up my four years at Wichita State. 

Growing up in St. Louis Missouri, I didn’t know much about Wichita State other than the Shockers competing in the annual Arch Madness Tournament. But still, it was a university that I felt was worth taking a chance on.

When Matthew Kelly hired me as a sports reporter in the fall of 2018 for The Sunflower, I had my doubts about how I could be beneficial to the staff. Truth be told, I didn’t know much about journalism. I knew and loved sports and I was eager to learn as much as I could about the industry. 

I always get the question “Why did you come to Wichita State?” And for a long time I was unsure about that answer but now it’s clear. This university helped provide me with a fresh start and an opportunity to learn and for that I’m forever grateful.

If I had one final lesson to my readers, change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Don’t be afraid to adapt to new situations and circumstances and make sure to have belief in yourself. 

Over the past four years, I’ve gotten the chance to cover some special events that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to if not for trusting the process. Whether it be former men’s basketball head coach Gregg Marshall’s sudden resignation, covering the 50th anniversary of the football team’s plane crash or even the canceled 2020 AAC Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Through all my experiences I have been able to learn the importance of living life on a whim. I never thought that I would get so lucky and fortunate with my time at The Sunflower and looking back it was one of the best decisions I could’ve made.

As I’m set to graduate from WSU in a couple weeks, I’d be lying if I told you that the future isn’t scary. Truthfully, I believe things will all work out for the better. I believe that by taking chances in your life, the future then becomes a lot less frightening. 

I have made lifelong friendships at WSU. I will look back fondly on my days as a Shocker. I am glad I made the decision to come to Wichita State. It was a journey unlike any other. 

I strongly feel that WSU has better prepared me for life ahead.

And with that being said, farewell Sunflower readers. As always, thank you for reading.