Volume 96, Issue 3

Thursday, June 6, 2002
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BAs, Britney Spears, and Friends

Summer in London lacks sugar and spice

BAs, Britney Spears, and Friends

Standing O
Ryan Dixon
Managing Editor

With a flawless march across the stage of a hall composed almost exclusively of complete strangers, my university career has come to an end.

When I reflect on how much I've learned since arriving as a wee frosh four years ago, I can't help but think about one person – Britney Spears.

While it might seem odd to associate Ms. Spears with any form of higher learning, I can't deny it seems distinctly weird that when I came to Western I would have walked right past her if we crossed paths on Richmond Street.

It's safe to say this is no longer the case.

I tend to notice a lot of things I once failed to give a passing thought to prior to joining the university ranks. The ability to view things from a different perspective is certainly the most valuable part of the degree I still have a hard time believing belongs to me.

Making a list of tangible things I have learned directly because of my BA would be a stretch for me. I can't build a bridge, program software or mend a broken arm.

I can, however, count myself as someone who will not go through the rest of his life with the wool firmly in place over his peepers, thinking all the evil in the world exists in a country far from mine and that Friends is a really creative, original show.

It's stunning how fundamentally different my life is since coming to Western without, in many ways, seeming different at all. I've consumed a great deal during my time here and while some of that has changed my physical appearance, for the most part the effects are not immediately evident.

A great deal of learning (and consuming) has naturally come outside the confines of the classroom, but for the sake of emphasizing the importance of the actual in-class session of the university experience – as well as maintaining some dignity – I won't recite them here.

Many people tend to panic when they leave the security blanket of school. I, on the other hand, can't wait to get on with the next phase of my life. I'm anxious to see just how much I learned from university.

If in 10 years I'm dressing my young ones head-to-toe in GAP kids wear and using some presently inconceivable entertainment technology as a quasi-baby-sitter for them, I'll know I didn't learn enough.

Britney Spears symbolizes an enlightening time in my life. Since she burst on the scene four years ago I've become a person equipped with the cynicism to see flaws in the world that are foreign to many, as well as the optimism and tools to change them.

Thank-you Western and thank-you Britney – I truly am stronger than yesterday.

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