As we move into the second month of the semester, I am sure that most, if not all of you, have developed a comfortable, daily routine. You know when you are going to eat, study, sleep (well, maybe not so much the last one) but at the same time you may be feeling the stresses of college, namely the academic and social. For those of you that relate to this, it becomes quite easy to slip into a solipsistic mindset, in that you draw your attention solely towards yourself. I do not say this accusatorially; I too have been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Others seem to get in your way, perpetuating the problems that permeate your life and you are left wondering “Why me?” While this may be an understandable response, I urge you not to allow it to become a permanent one. Instead of steeping in self-pity, realize that the very people you see as a nuisance may be having the same experience as you.
Below you will find a commencement speech given by the late David Foster Wallace entitled, “This is Water”. Take a few minutes to read what Wallace has to say and as you do, try to keep in mind what it means to be truly self-aware. Enjoy the rest of your week.
Ryan Gilligan, FCRH 2015 | Manresa Student Tutor