Hello, John Carroll. Now I know what you’re all thinking. Zak, I thought you were a photographer, what are you doing writing? Well, I asked myself that when I volunteered to write this column. I came to the conclusion that I have no idea. But I digress. Everyone remembers their freshman year in college because it’s the first time we’re really on our own and free from our parents. Very few, however, get the chance to write about it: I am one of the lucky few.
First off, I would like to thank the seniors who have accepted me not only as a fellow student and member of a club, but as a friend and brother as well. These seniors include Brenton Mineo, Brendan Hancock, Brian Bayer and Dan Cooney. I would also like to thank the members of the men’s volleyball team, The Carroll News, JCTV-4, the English club and the Little Theatre Society for also accepting me.
Now, as every student has memories from this year, I have a few.
If an older girl flirts with you, asks for your number and pulls out a disposable phone, chances are she’s a drug dealer. Cabby D is an experience that every JCU student should have. “Macho Man” Randy Savage was the most entertaining wrestler of all time. It’s perfectly acceptable to pass out on the RTA. Tom Roth clarified for me that ‘Rack City’ is not an actual city. Camels bite. If you ask one of your professors out on a date, prepare to be rejected …multiple times. Calypso is the nectar of the gods. The “B” side of the cafeteria is the cool side. College isn’t like Asher Roth’s song. I learned to respect the Tini. The laundry room is dirtier than the clothes you bring there to wash.
I also learned that after five days of not having hot water, students start to get angry. If someone says it’s an “alcohol free alternative,” it’s not a free alcohol event. A graduate assistant taught me that you can have a lot of fun with M&M’s. There are never forks in the dining hall. I learned that you can tell a story about watches having sex and it can be related to philosophy. When your RA tells you to “Streak Responsibly,” it has nothing to do with running naked. If you’re going to try to park near Murphy, you’re going to have a bad time. Finally, according to @JCUcrushes, my “hips don’t lie” and I’ve “got the moves like Jagger.”
But in all seriousness, here are the most important lessons I’ve learned. Have fun while you’re in college. Get out and have a social life! These are the best years of your life. It’s okay if you question your major and what you want to do in the future. That’s what college is supposed to help you with. Make as many friends as you can because your college friends will be some of the best friends you’ll ever have. It’s not the drinks that make the party, it’s the people.
Finally, even though I live on campus despite my home being two minutes from campus, I don’t feel the need to go home. When I lost my best friend, then later my grandmother, I felt the love and support from all of my friends here. And I always know that I have someone to talk to. John Carroll has truly become my second home.