After a quick 14 weeks, this wild ride of a column is somehow already over.
Typically, my predecessors in this space have taken time to reflect on their senior years and offer advice on what to do next in the real world. But because I’m graduating early, I fear my counsel in these areas would fall flat. My senior “year” was brief, and, if my own experience is any indication, nobody is ready to face those “What are you going to do now?” questions the week before they graduate.
As for myself, I plan to delay adulthood for as long as possible. I may stick around Ithaca for a bit, or I may go on a road trip. This spring is a free semester to do the things I’ve never had time to do for the last three and a half years — and that feels pretty good.
My time at Ithaca College has been marked by the incredible opportunities this place offers. I was able to help make a TV show and a documentary. My voice has been heard by hundreds of people — OK, maybe a few dozen — on the radio. One of my classes gave me the opportunity to write a 100-page manuscript. And, for reasons I cannot explain, people still seem to read this column week after week.
Besides all those tangible things, the greatest opportunities the college has given me are the lessons I’ve learned about life. Yes, my sport media and management professors Stephen Mosher and Kyle Woody have received plenty of shout-outs in this column from both me and predecessors. But it’s for a reason. I’d like to thank them for helping me to realize that we have a greater purpose on this planet than fulfilling our own immediate needs and desires.
Though I stated earlier that my advice might be futile, I guess I’m going to wrap this up by offering some anyway. In the past year or so, I’ve learned — both through my own experiences and from what the older folks have told me — that life is completely what you make of it. There is no formula, and there is usually no such thing as conventional wisdom. As I get ready to leave the South Hill, I think life is within my control, now more than ever, and it’s up to me to wake up and become the writer I’ve always wanted to be.
Thanks again for reading what I’ve had to say. In the words of the legendary Canadian Steve Smith from “The Red Green Show,” “Remember to keep your stick on the ice.”