To be completely honest, I’ve been experiencing serious trouble coming up with any final words to offer at all. Since last spring, I’ve spent considerable idle time thinking about this exact column in this exact issue of the paper. I even started writing a column almost exactly a year ago. But now that I’m here, and I only have one more opportunity to disappoint a captive audience, I find myself without a paddle.
Four years at John Carroll University cannot be stuffed into a few hundred words, and I’ve finally resigned myself to accept that fact.
All my visions of offering some special wisdom to lowly underclassmen have disappeared.
Although it feels as if I just got to John Carroll for the first time, I’m on my way out. In an instant, four, wonderful and irreplaceable years have elapsed. The typical melancholy that defines farewells is almost palpable.
Each time I talk to an old friend or spend time with a new one, I make sure to drink in a little more of the moment and commit a little more to memory. I’d argue that this isn’t an uncommon practice. Parting ways with good friends should never truly be an easy thing.
But accepting these goodbyes after college seems to be harder for me to handle.
The future is uncertain in so many different ways. I’m anxious about that future, nervous about when I’ll be able to see my closest friends next, and reluctant to leave a place I’ve called home for so long.
But John Carroll is a place that nurtures and fosters the growth of its students. It’s unreasonable for me to expect that I, or anyone else, could stay here indefinitely.
John Carroll provides many opportunities for growth, and prepares its students for new chapters in their lives.
And while the feelings of anxiety or sadness over leaving this school can’t be helped, I can appreciate them for what they really mean.
The microcosm of JCU is a special place where people go out of their way to build one another up, serve those in need, and grow intellectually. Of course, it’s hard to leave a place like this.
But in spite of all these good things, JCU only functions as an antechamber to the real world. Here, students discover their talents, hone their skills, and view the world more conscientiously. After four years of growing in these ways, we leave to make a mark on our own corner of the world.
So, yes, it’s sad to be leaving this place. But the cure for graduation blues is simple. Seniors need only to remind themselves of the fact that an entire world waits outside of this campus.