Senior column

May 1st, 2014

I would be lying if I said that I was a firm believer in the strength of education through schooling, at least in a basic sense. The truth is that I have never enjoyed myself in a school setting. Now you may think that this sounds cliché because there are thousands of students who do not enjoy school either. But if you know me fairly well, you know that I have a passionate distaste for the typical school curriculum. I have always felt that it can help a number of people, including many of my family and friends.


But then I believe that for people such as myself, it can hold you back, kill creativity and just makes you feel like you will not amount to anything if you fail to adequately conform to structure. This may have centered around the fact that I had a learning disability, and made much of my earlier educational experiences rather distasteful.


When I got to college, I was not expecting there to be much change in terms of my school performance. Despite this reality, I was determined to no longer allow my learning struggles be representative of my four years as an undergraduate. I realized that I would try to get out of college what I wanted as well as what I needed rather than having to always be focused on academic success further than was necessary.


If I wanted to achieve this goal at other schools, this may not have been possible. To be honest I was not sure if that would have happened at John Carroll either. But over time I began to realize that this school helped and allowed me to do things that I may not have been able to do in other places.


My professors still encouraged me to think in constructive ways and showed me that it was still possible to get something out of a Jesuit education even if you were not a straight A student (believe me I was not). This was much better than the stories I heard from my friends at colleges and universities who told me that their professors made it sound like their lives would be awful if they did not get perfect marks in all of their classes.


Classes were not the only things that left an impact on me during my time here. Much of it was centered on the amount involvement that the school had to offer. The first is obviously my time at the Carroll News. While I always enjoyed writing, the Carroll News allowed me the opportunity to demonstrate my skills in a constructive and informative way. Another was my time at WJCU. Although I have always to listened to radio, I never truly understood or appreciated the work that was done behind it until I became a DJ on the Heights. The other was my time as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Regardless of what challenges I had during my four years, I was able to get through due to the support of my brothers.


So as a I prepare to graduate and exit the final stage of my educational performance, I will just like to say thank you to all those who made this chance possible. I am confident that getting through all this will guarantee my chance for success in the future, and I appreciate all those who were there for me.