Friday, April 27, 2012

And you may ask yourself: Well, how did I get here?

This morning at approximately 8:30 I walked out of my last college class ever. Around eleven I turned in my last college assignment ever. And that's that.

It's hard to believe that four and a half years ago––in January of 2008––I was nervously trying to find my seat in my first college class ever: Intro to Microcomputers in Elliot Hall at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. I remember that day vividly.

It's been a long four and a half years. Full of twists and turns and ups and downs. I feel like the downs were probably a little longer than the ups, but then, some of them were valuable in some way I suppose.

For how ambivalent I was about starting college, it truly amazes me how many intense and crazy things I ended up doing. In fact, for how much I hated school before college (and often during), it has occasionally puzzled me how I ended up in it.

I always did my best I guess, but it was always without any real sense of direction or calling. It occurred to me just now that maybe that's the reason I ended up doing so many crazy and intense things. Lot's of determination and very little direction to apply it to.

Here's a brief history of my college experience:

Spring of 2008 - Fall of 2008 - Started at Mansfield University majoring in Anthropology.

Spring of 2009 - Dropped everything and went to Saints Bible Institute, San Lorenzo, Italy.

Fall of 2010 - Back at Mansfield University.

Spring of 2010 - Spring 2011 - Transferred to Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee majoring in Communication Studies with a political option.

Summer of 2011 - Interned with an NGO in Beirut, Lebanon.

Fall of 2011 - Spring of 2012 - Continued at Bryan.

That's really a gross simplification. If I were to list out the connections between those things, the reasons one may or may not have led to another, what I thought my ultimate goal was in doing them, and what the reasons I attribute to having done them in retrospect are, it would be more of a book than a blog post.

At any rate, if I could have a song played when I walk across the stage to get my diploma next Saturday, it would be Once In a Lifetime by the Talking Heads.



1 comment:

Frank Salatino said...

Congratulations Andrew on this fine accomplishment. Remember, learning is a life-long pursuit. Continue to learn, grow, and experience life to its fullest.