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Rachel Alberico

Tallying thanks

I'VE FIGURED it out. Finally. The answer's in the genes. Thanks mom and dad. When your father's the type of guy who spends a good part of his free time with a newspaper in hand, another one waiting to be read, and the voices of Katie, Matt and Dan in the background on a daily basis, it's not easy to escape the news - even when you've left for college. Add my mom's gift of gab, keen eye for detail, and perceptive nature to the mix and you've got a future journalist - sort of. While I'm still not sure if I have a future as a professional journalist, thanks are in order for the people who got me down to the basement of Newcomb Hall and the ones who made me stay.

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