With the end of the school year approaching like a jump jet, I am at a loss as to what I will be doing next year. I got through this year just fine, but I realize that I have three more years and my compass is not really telling me what direction to go in. I understand that college can be like a marathon with a blindfold on, but I am truly in a dire situation. As of late, I have taken up new responsibilities in college and I feel as if I have a grasp of what they entail, but their true nature still eludes me. Should I ask for help from the individuals that have done these sort of things before? I am also losing a few good friends and mentors that have supported me through these last two semesters. What should I do? What can I do to make the most of my responsibilities and improve upon what my forefathers, or foremothers, have solidified in the past? Also, do you know of any good gifts that I could give to seniors that are graduating this year? I want something to give to the people that are graduating or something that comes from the heart, if possible, something really abstract and unheard of. Finally, do you have any words of wisdom for me as I move on with my life and activities at St. Norbert? Thanks a bushel, Gerty!
It is an honor and a pleasure to answer your question today. Although I have been very busy as of late practicing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, I decided that your query was just interesting enough to pull me away from my pull-ups. I’ve run over two marathons in my lifetime, so I can say without a doubt that you are correct in comparing college life to a marathon. The next three years of your life will fly by, but you should focus on the task before you one leg at a time. I used the same philosophy while performing the world’s first spider limb transplant and it worked in my favor! You’ll have plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of your responsibilities as long as you remain determined and you keep asking questions! Take advantage of the many wonderful resources on campus such as the LSE Office, Career and Professional Services, and, my personal favorite, the Honors Office! Between those three groups of wise individuals, you should receive plenty of advice that is almost as helpful as the advice I provide. They could also put you in contact with people who have survived and thrived in a situation similar to your own. Just like you, my good friend Joshua Bregger spent many days struggling to manage his responsibilities, but he conquered the challenges placed before him time and time again just as you will! I give you my personal permission to call for his aid in your hour of need; simply begin the ritual of lighting the warning beacons of Gondor and, as long as the men stationed at Amon Dîn, Eilenach, Nardol, Erelas, Min-Rimmon, Calenhad, and Amon Anwar are all still remaining vigilant in their duties, word of your distress should reach Joshua within just a few days!
People will come and go throughout your time at St. Norbert college, such is the cycle of life. It is natural to view this loss with sadness, but I encourage you to celebrate their success in moving beyond the walls of Boyle and onto something bigger and better. You can also find comfort in knowing that their SNC-prescribed emails will remain active even after graduation! If you’re in search of a gift that can be characterized as “abstract and unheard of,” I have just the thing for you. In the lost lands of Tibet, there is a particular flower known only by one name: the Blue Poppy Bright flower. While it is unlikely that you are capable of organizing a trip to Tibet within the next few days, you could explain to your colleagues how you would have acquired such a rare and beautiful flower for them if only they were in season when you went to Tibet last Flursday (this is not a real day). This will leave them speechless at your kindness as well as your lack of knowledge about the days of the week! If I were to leave you with any final words of wisdom, it would be these: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Also, remember that all endings are also beginnings and the end of your time at St. Norbert college simply marks the beginning of the rest of your life.
Best of luck with life beyond Bergstrom Hall,
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