On Aug. 18, 2015, I was a different person at the end of the day than at the beginning.

Hi, my name is Sharon Tutrone, and It is a day I don’t like to talk about. In fact, I wasn’t sure I would survive it. But I did.

I stood in front of a group of strangers as I felt my heart pounding. My palms started to sweat like a teenager asking a girl to the prom. My throat felt smaller and tighter with every breath I took. Twenty sets of eyes stared back at me, waiting for me to say something.

That was the first day teaching a journalism class at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach.

Twenty-six years ago, I interned in TV news and worked my way up as an editor, producer and most recently, executive producer. But something was missing: I just wasn’t having fun anymore. The fire and passion were gone. And that didn’t settle well.

So, I took a chance: Education.

After guest lecturing, a few courses at Coastal Caroline University, to get “a feel for teaching” I realized that teaching was a calling. And I answered.

But, as the old saying goes, you can take the girl out of the news, but you can’t take the news out of the girl, so I will continue to share stories that matter.

I will amplify the voices of my community and focus on a series of revolving questions about the things we throw away, the things we buy, the things we read, and the things we observe.

So, read, scroll and feel free to comment. Your voice is heard here! I am looking forward to connecting with you. Please follow me at @SHARONTUTRONE on twitter or connect with me on Linkedin. Come back and visit me here and feel free to reach out to me with a story idea you might have or just to sound off. Your voice is heard here.