Good-Bye CSC Editorial

Wow. How does four years flash by quicker than the speed of sound? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was just coming into Colby-Sawyer as a scared (and I do mean scared) first year student. Not knowing what to expect or what college life was going to bring. And let me just say it has far exceed any expectation I had in my mind.

I have so many memories of my time here at CSC; places I have gotten to go and the people I have met along the way who have shaped me into who I am. I will never forget the time Hester Fuller and David Reed took a bunch of us Communications Studies students down to Boston for the 2007 Red Sox rally. I remember watching the game in my room, hoping, just hoping the sox could beat the odds again and pull off another World Series win. When they did the campus erupted into cheers and laughter. This is “Red Sox Nation” after all.

But heading down to the rally was the first real world application of my Colby-Sawyer learning. With Maranz Kit in hand I took to the streets and interviewed bystanders all out to share in a common experience. I remember one guy who came to the rally to share the moment with his grandson. He proved it really is all about the little moments in life; the ones that mean the most.

My other memorable off campus moment was the life-changing trip to New York City last year with donna berghorn. Life-changing because the conference hit me like a brick over the head and made me step-up my journalist credibility at The Courier. Being amongst minds that shared a common passion for journalism awakened a fire within me I did not even know was there. Plus, I got to visit one of the greatest cities in America. That weekend will never be lost on me.

But I really want to take a moment and thank Colby-Sawyer for these past four years. Whether it was my roommate struggles and room flooding freshman year or my achievement award senior year, Colby-Sawyer has been there each step of the way to foster my growth as an individual.

Before coming to CSC, I had always been a news junkie. Breaking News has always been a passion of mine (second only to Country Music). But coming here took that to the next level. Through the journalism classes and Visions of Nature with Ann Page Stecker, I developed an intense curiosity about the inner-workings of the world. I have grown smarter about going green and the importance of eating locally grown food.

I have grown in ways I do not even think I fully understand or know yet. My professors have pushed me to limits I did not believe were possible and allowed me to become the ideal version of myself.

We all make mistakes and have bumps in the road but it is our ability to pick ourselves back up and keep going that makes us stronger. When the going gets tough, embrace it. Or in the words of my grandfather, “when the going gets tough go to the dump.”

It is in those moments that we are taught the greatest lessons not just about life but about ourselves as people. Tough moments bring us all that much closer to understanding the human condition.

In reflecting back over my time at Colby-Sawyer, I have come to understand something so fundamentally that it has become a mark for how I live my life: Once you become comfortable, it’s time to change things up.

It is in those moments of comfortableness that the mind stops exercising and the body goes stale. Routine is a wonderful tool for nurturing stabilization in our lives but we cannot let routine define us. Once we become our routine, it is as if we stop living and worse, stop growing. I never want to reach a place within my existence on earth where I stop growing.

There is always something new to learn, place to discover, or idea to grapple with. The beauty of life is that it is ever changing.

College only lasts four years for a reason. It is the gateway to expanding upon knowledge gained both in and outside the classroom. And what we do with that knowledge defines us.

Thank you Colby-Sawyer for being the gateway to expanding my knowledge and increasing my awareness about the world around me. I was always meant to come here and while I may not fully know the reason now, it will surely reveal itself down the road.

To all the professors who have taught me in their classes; I will never be able to thank you enough for all you’ve given to me. It has been said that the greatest gift of being a teacher is the ability to make a difference in the lives of the students they have taught. You have certainly made a difference in mine. While there are far too many professors to list; you all know who you are.

Rock on into the future Colby-Sawyer. You are an amazing institution, and now it is time to impact another life. Make the most of the new Windy Hill school and start a campus-wide conversation when The Courier goes digital under the direction of amber cronin next year.

No matter what happens I will be watching, and keeping up with the college that molded me into the person I was always meant to be.

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