We spent much of the summer preceding the launch of Nicholls Worth: The Magazine ironing out a production schedule that we thought would be immune to any outside force out of our control, so that should the ultimate disaster pop up, we could still have the magazine delivered on time. Then Hurricane Harvey came and classes were canceled for two days.
Communication became key for us, even more than it typically would be. Fortunately, some of us were able to get to campus safely on the second day of school closure, and so our skeleton crew worked from practically sunrise to sunset.
Those of us less experienced in our design programs had to learn some new tricks on the fly. We had to make dozens of phone calls and emails to coordinate with our photography staff, our section editors and our printer.
We submitted the final copy of the magazine late, realizing our perfect schedule had failed us. We dealt with a list of other issues in the following week thanks to our missed deadline. I headed to class on Thursday, Sept. 7, the day of the magazine’s planned launch, with no word from our printer. I sent a message to our managing editors, convinced that we were going to have to announce a delayed launch.
However, as soon as I sat down in class, I got an email from our contact at the printing company saying that the magazines would be delivered by lunch. We went into overdrive, and thanks to help from our advisers, staff members and other mass communication students, we got the boxes of magazines delivered to the office and into the hands of students.
If I learned one thing, it was to never expect things to go as planned. Communication became key for us, and we had to learn to change our plans at the last second to adapt to the most unexpected events. The panic and stress of dealing with it all became worth it when we saw the completed magazines sitting in their boxes.