Volume 92, Issue 7

Tuesday, September 15, 1998

here we go


Life's important choices

Re: Choices

To the Editor:

The campus is crawling with students, like so many ants scrambling to find the best picnic to attend. What do I want to be and who do I want to see? With so many different organizations covering the campus with syrup and sugar, how could you possibly decide where to eat? Should I blindly follow the crowd, holding on to the backpack in front of me, in the hope of salvation? Should I go AWOL on the student army, denouncing everything it stands for? Wouldn't it be nice if there was actually an answer to these questions.

Well, student life is no different than life itself; a series of questions with no correct answer. There will be choices to be made. These decisions will then add up over time, the sum total being your life. There are no easy answers, just trial and error. Fortunately student life provides a safety net. Take advantage of this time in your life, for you will never live this moment again.

You may find these sentiments contained in a phrase commonly found scratched into desks and graffitied on bathroom stalls: "You can always retake a class, but you can never relive a great party." Be careful not to take this important piece of advice literally – if you flunk out, the party's over. University is a time and a place for you to have experiences and grow ("It doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there"). There are no right or wrong, cool or uncool, experiences (whether attending classes or toga parties) as each have their own unique value to different people.

Like ants, you will at some times work cooperatively, adding sand to the collective anthill. Nevertheless, if the sand doesn't taste right, spit it out! For each grain you pick up is a decision and its corresponding action, piling up to create the anthill that is your life.

Just remember to have fun and keep it all in perspective, for as the prophet Jimi Hendrix said: "Castles made of sand, melt into the sea, eventually."

Marcus Bornfreund

Law I

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