During my time at Loras I’ve learned my fair share about what it means to be in the moment. College is only four years of your life, and you have to make the most of it, no matter what. There are so many lessons learned in college beyond what you learn in classes. People like your friends are able to teach you so much. At the same time, you’re able to have an amazing time together.
Even though I’m only a junior, over the years I’ve made friends with people that have really taught me countless things about life. My first year, I became friends with a transfer student named Megan. We hit it off right away. She played a huge part in showing me what college is all about. We would go get Culvers together almost every week. She graduated after my freshman year, but I’ll never forget the time we spent together. We’re still friends, and it’s so special to see this friendship grow.
Another friend that’s played a huge role in my Duhawk experience is my friend Taylor. She was actually my orientation leader. We hit it off right away. Even though we’re one grade apart, I can honestly say I’ve learned a ton from this friendship. I’ve learned about what it means to be a Duhawk. True to Tim McGraw’s 2016 song “Humble and Kind” she has also taught me what it’s like to help others and show them the ropes of being at Loras. She is one of the kindest people you will ever meet here. Being friends with someone like Taylor is really refreshing, because the world is full of arrogant people that don’t care about being nice to others. She is the polar opposite of that. I have also learned what it means to be a foodie — she is the best food partner-in-crime ever. I would have never guessed that through a one-day orientation program during the summer of 2016 that I’d meet one of the best Duhawks ever. Even though she is graduating this May, I know we will stay Duhawk buddies forever. You never know who you are going to meet at Loras.
The challenge I extend to everyone reading this is to really cherish your friends here. They are a huge part of your college experience, and they’re able to help you grow in ways that will make you a better person. College is a very special time in life, and it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity, whether it be through classes or through your friends.