I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to write about for my final Core Decorum article. At first, I figured it should be a sort of tribute, but a tribute to whom or to what, exactly? To the dear friends I’ve made, who have been such a source of joy throughout these four years? To the genuinely life-changing professors I’ve had (here’s to you, Dr. Gregory)? To the passion for the intellectual life that the University of Dallas has cultivated? There are too many things to which every senior owes tribute, and it would be futile to try to list them all.
I visited UD twice before I finally decided to come here — once in my junior year of high school and once in my senior year for Odyssey Days. I vividly remember getting off of the plane after my second visit, and my dad asking me if I had decided on UD. I responded with an adamant “No.” I had a great time on my visit, but I just wanted something else. That night, as I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom, working on a paper for school, I suddenly felt the pull I needed; for some reason, I ached to be back at UD. It hit me that the people I had met that weekend would never be found anywhere else; it had to be UD.
It’s odd to look back at that memory from four years ago, when I had no idea what UD had in store for me, a senior at a tiny liberal arts high school in Tempe, Arizona. As I’m sure every senior would say, UD is a transformative place, and it is unlike any other place in the world. Our college experience is unparalleled, not just for the singular education, not just for the remarkable four months that many of us spend in Rome, not just for the amazing professors, not just for the strong faith life — it is unparalleled because UD has each and every one of those things (and more). I would be willing to bet a heck of a lot of money that no other place has that unique combination; it’s just a God thing. How lucky I am, and how lucky we all are, to have had the chance to live in such a place for four years of our life; I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Cheers, class of 2014, to four blessed years well spent. This is not the end!
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.” — Saint John Paul II