August 22, 2013
The Class of 2017 Moves In!
Bike racks are all occupied. Lines are a little bit longer again to get food. Books are being purchased. Tools are put away and summer construction has dwindled down (well, most of it). Automobiles filled with boxes of clothes and school supplies are being directed around campus to residential halls. Moving carts, student ID cards, and last minute trips to Target; folks, it is officially Move-In Day.
As I was walking the campus to take some pictures, I was overwhelmed by the energy of the campus. Sometimes I forget that I work at a university campus filled with dreamers, innovators, and future global leaders. I found myself just taking it all in while smiling at students and parents I have never met before. (It might have been a little weird, but hey, I was caught in a moment). Suddenly, I wanted to travel back in time, go back to college and experience this all over again!
Yesterday morning, I saw the look of excitement and awe on the faces of first-year students as they were entering their dorms for the first time. Subsequently, I sensed a great amount of pride and a little bit of hesitation from parents as they struggled to let their kids go. It is apparent that this moment is a milestone in all of their lives. Students look ahead to their next four years at USC and wonder at all of the possibilities it could bring, while parents feel a sense of accomplishment because they were somewhat responsible for getting their kids to college. With all of these emotions swirling on campus, I can see why there were so many hugs going around.
During the welcome convocation today, speakers stood in front of the incoming class of 2017 and gave advice on how to make the most of their time here at USC. I want to reiterate what Professor Harkness, from the Dornsife College, said during her speech: Be present. It’s not as easy as it sounds but you will be a better human being the sooner you can practice it in your own life. To the new incoming freshmen at USC and current high school students; I challenge you to be present. Be present in your classes. Be present in your conversations. Be present while you do your homework. Be present when you’re meeting new people. Be present when you write your personal statements. Be present when you study for your AP/IB tests. Be present when you take the tests. Be present when you ask her/him out. Be present in conflict. Be present in new challenges. Be present in all of your new experiences and adventures. Take it all in. Be present!
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