The future is upon us.
Old Dominion University is rapidly expanding, merging into the realm of the academic main-stage. Administrators and students alike are striving to make our school a top tier institution of not only the Tidewater region, but also the nation.
Much like tackling the issue of crime and safety on and around campus, as I addressed in my last letter, it is not only up to university officials to bear on their shoulders the weight of academic and infrastructural change.
Chief Operating Officer David Harnage has welcomed to student body to voice their opinions and visions of where the university stands and where it is headed. Likewise, I urge you to actively participate in the transformation of your school.
However, be conscious of the dichotomy of responsibility in progressing our school.
After all, if you want your school to be better, it only makes sense to insist upon the betterment of yourself.
To imitate a line from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, I beseech you ask not what your university can do for you. Ask what you can do for your university.
Whether or not you attend the student open forums on Oct. 9-10, there are other ways to ensure the school you leave behind upon graduation has a bright future, as it does for you.
Contribute. Take pride in your school. Strive to get the absolute most out your experience as a Monarch and community member. Don’t take your education for granted by focusing only on weekends of frivolity as the cornerstone of college life.
Remember, there was a time when going to college meant you were on your way to a life of promise, not alcohol dependence.
As a young person, I understand the appeal of partying hard, but I’ve seen this take priority in many students’ lives, my own friends, ultimately rendering their time and money spent in school futile.
I’m not saying don’t go out and enjoy yourself. It’s healthy to have a social life, and I enjoy a brew just as much as the next dude. Just do it responsibly. Fight for your future by finding balance.
Take initiative. Avoid the vapid and find your philosophy. Engage with your school and community. Fulfillment finds it’s true form in fortitude and tenacity.
When it comes time to walk across the stage and accept that ‘multi-thousand dollar piece of paper,’ as the pessimist oft describes it, you will undoubtedly find more satisfaction in knowing you gave it your all than a case of Natural Light can provide.
In retrospect, would you rather tell your children your college experience was a series of blurred weekends or a series of enlightening, thought provoking, self-developing experiences that guided you toward the best person you could be?
Sure, a degree is fundamentally a fancy piece of tree vestige, but what it should represent; passion, persistence, perseverance, is where the pride resides.
Derek Allen Page
Editor in Chief