November 19, 2014
Blogger: Griffin Taylor
Working as a senior fellow at admissions allows you to meet a myriad of people from different backgrounds, different states, different countries, different everything. In many ways, these students have similar interests in Oxy and the liberal arts, but one thing that I’ve found that links all of these students together -- and everyone at Oxy -- is that we’re all on our own journeys.
For the students applying to college, they have a new journey ahead of them. They are about to embark on what is probably going to be an incredibly formative four years for them. But what has led them to this point in time, where they must decide which college to attend, turns entirely on their life experiences up until this point. One chooses their college based what they know about themselves, where they have succeeded, and where they have failed. College for them represents an entirely unknown animal, ready to be approached and eventually tamed.
Oxy’s current students are also on journeys of their own. They’ve discovered passions, overcame finals, found and lost love, forged lasting friendships, and maybe even taken a second or two to reflect on who they are and how far they’ve come. From a first year’s point of view, they have the amazement and wonder of living in a new space. A junior’s current journey might involve a life-changing study abroad experience. College is indeed a path in our journeys where we grow and explore the world in ways that we never knew were possible, but couldn’t possibly conceive until we got here.
My mom and I standing outside the Lincoln Memorial during my journey in DC
But the journey doesn’t end after college. In fact, quite the opposite is true, as recent graduates pursue what they always wanted to, whether its graduate school, an exciting political campaign, or just going for it on the artistic career they’ve continuously been told wasn’t feasible. Post-grad life isn’t glamorous. Yet, our beloved recent alumni always find a way to make it through and learn along the way. They too, have journeys ahead of them.
From the vantage point of a college senior, I get to witness all of these journeys in route. And while I don’t know what’s in store for my future, there’s actually no way that I can predict where my journey will take me next. So while I’m here, I might as well enjoy the trip.