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Letter from the editor: The final chapter

As a true apathetic toward nonfiction novels, memoirs have an unusual way of winning me over. 

The Sidekick executive editor-in-chief Sri Achanta discusses her growing interest in memoirs. Achanta applauds the connections she feels toward inspirational authors through their writings and reflects on what her own memoir would look like. (Sameeha Syed)

Each chapter, each new anecdote, recounts the ebbs and flows of an author’s life, touching every subject from emotional pitfall to pure euphoria.

I find it amusing, however, that every page I turn and every struggle I read, it makes me feel like I’m forging an intimate connection with an author, someone who doesn’t even know of my existence. 

But that is what I appreciate about memoirs. I get to learn from an author’s hardships as an observer who does not want to, nor has the means of getting involved.

That being said, if I was ever asked to write a memoir about my life, I’d politely decline. It feels like a haughty, pretentious way of presenting myself, especially as someone who has been blessed with a simple, drama-free life. 

Or maybe I’ll become someone famous who experiences page-turning, harrowing problems that I’ll solve in an astute manner. But even so, I’d rather express those stories through simple letters or Reddit posts.

But in an alternative reality where I am forced to write my simple memoir, there would be three distinct chapters.

Somewhere towards the beginning of the book would be a chapter titled, “Rainbow,” representing the array of colorful friendships I have discovered in an eleven-person friend group that I so dearly love. 

Depicted in this chapter would be all of our little accomplishments – finishing the card game Phase 10 during lunch, learning how to play poker, our blackjack runs during Pathophysiology and our Nintendo Overcooked game nights.

Another chapter would be titled “Goodbye Oxford Comma,” in reference to my three years as a part of The Sidekick family. There, I would spend pages on end thanking my upperclassmen for embracing me in their warmth, my fellow seniors for always keeping me grounded, my junior staff for being the constant beacon of light in D115 and my young sophomores who never seem to run out of fresh ideas. And of course, I’d pay my homage to the best adviser, who I seem to now relate to more often than not, reminding me that I’m only getting older.

The part that hits the hardest in a memoir for me is always the end. There’s a tinge of poignance as the author wraps up their final thoughts in a perfectly curated inspirational last sentence.

I’ve been thinking of this sentence for years, and it would lay perfectly at the end of my third and final chapter, dedicated to all of the brilliant little ways my family has navigated life. 

Now I know that I have college and all of my future ahead of me, but no matter what, the final sentence of my last Letter from the editor, my last story on Coppell Student Media and my fictitious memoir would read:

Thank you to my family: my wonderful parents and beautiful older sister who are my reason for life.

Follow @sriachanta_ and @CHSCampusNews on X.

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Sri Achanta
Sri Achanta, Executive Editor-in-Chief
Sri Achanta is a senior and the executive editor-and-chief of The Sidekick. She finds joy in finding narratives within conversations to create compelling stories. In her free time, you can find her reading fantasy and mystery novels, her personal favorite book being Legendborn by Tracy Deon. Sri also enjoys painting still life, prefering acrylic paint over oil paints anytime. One of her favorite artworks is a sculpture by Michelangelo called the “Pietà”.  Sri is always up for a good plate of sushi or a meal at her favorite restaurant, Siam Thai, where she gets her go-to favorite dish which is spicy drunken noodles. She loves to top off her dinner with her favorite drink, Matcha tea. She also never passes on an opportunity to hang out with her friends and family. Her favorite childhood show is “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and she’s currently on her fourth rewatch. To contact her, you can email her at [email protected] or on 'X' (@Sriachanta_ ).
Sameeha Syed
Sameeha Syed, Social Media Manager
Sameeha Syed is a senior and the Social Media Manager for The Sidekick. Syed joined The Sidekick thinking she was going to write, but realized she enjoyed taking photos and videos more. On rainy days, you can find her listening to her favorite artist, Steve Lacey, or watching her favorite movie, Little Women (2019). Syed loves spicy, flavorful food and her drink of choice is hot chai. Syed dislikes sweets; in fact, she would take savory food over dessert any day. Syed has a super cool fashion style, and if you look at her hands, 9 times out of 10, she has on her fun accessories: her rings and her favorite watch. Syed has a list of odd things she really likes, and on that list is her emotional support water bottle and warm socks. Syed also is very much a night owl, preferring to stay awake later rather than wake up earlier. Her favorite subjects in school are history and literature courses. You can contact her on Instagram (@ssameeha) or through email ([email protected]). 

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    Sukirtha MuthiahMay 22, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Sri! I still re-memoir the first time I met you. I can’t wait to see what you do in the next chapter of your life!