Man, does time fly or what? I truly cannot believe that my second year at John Carroll will be wrapping up within this next week. Even more so, I can’t believe that many of my dear friends will be graduating from this lovely university and moving on to the world beyond. It’s hard for me to describe my emotions regarding graduation – I suppose you could call it a mix of sadness, jealousy and joy. I’m sad for obvious reasons. There are several seniors that I became especially close to this year, and even though I know we will still keep in touch after this, I will miss them all dearly. Plus, I’ve always just been really bad with goodbyes. I’m also jealous, because some of you guys have some sick plans after graduation. Like, Brian Bayer is going to Ecuador next year. Seriously, how sweet is that? My envy is literally through the roof. On that note, though, I’m also joyful, because I know that Brian as well as my other graduating companions really are moving onto bigger and better things. Even though their absences will be felt next year, I’ve accepted that everyone needs to go at some point, and soon it will be my turn. Plus, life can only get more exciting after John Carroll, right?
Anyway, like I said previously, I am pretty bad with goodbyes. It’s hard for me to give sentimental messages to those who are leaving, because nine times out of 10, I end up crying in public and looking like a major wuss. So, I prefer to give some optimistic advice instead. Now, I understand that advice from little old 19-year-old me given to my seniors might not be considered words of gold. Please hear me out, though – this stuff really could change up your game plan if you think about it.
In my philosophy class this semester, we talked a lot of being in control of your own personal freedom. More specifically, we talked about a man named Vance Packard, who introduced seven steps to greater personal freedom. They are as follows: 1) Save money. 2) Build your education and skills. 3) Keep your honor clean. 4) Keep your private life private. 5) Don’t give your life to one organization unless you can give it wholeheartedly. 6) Develop a network of influences. 7) Develop a personal passion for responsibility.
After hearing these for the first time, I really started to think about them on a daily basis. They are such simple steps, yet really have the potential to impact your life for the better. I’m all about that kind of stuff, so of course I wanted to include it in my column and share with others.
Keeping steps like these in mind each day while doing your thing really does give you a better control of your freedom. In turn, being in control of your freedom is probably the most important thing in times of change.
So, to my seniors, you can follow these steps or not. I hope you do, but I won’t know either way. What I will know is if you come back to visit me or not, so imagine me looking at each of you now – you better come visit, or else.
On that note, so long, seniors! I wish you all the absolute best of luck, and just go be awesome.