The Columns

My W&L: Jok Asiyo ’16

— by on September 5th, 2016

Jok Asiyo '16

“College is a place where you will grow no matter how you go through it. The only thing you control is who you grow to be.”

Imagine waking up one morning in a brand new bed with brand new clothes on. Then you realize the surprises haven’t ended, because you have a fresh haircut and a huge pile of textbooks next to you. Confused but curious, you start to wonder if this is the end of the surprises. Finally, while you’re still shaking off the morning cobwebs, people you’ve never met before start coming in and out of your room. Each person that steps in is offering you something–information sessions with some of the top companies in the U.S., opportunities to volunteer, chances to visit other countries, the unique experience of starting your own club, varsity and intramural sports teams, and many other things that you just can’t hear through all the chatter. All this is happening while you’re trying to go meet some new people to help guide you through this foreign place that you’ve stepped into. Well that’s college–specifically W&L.

In short, college is overwhelming. No matter what institution of higher learning you attend, you realize that very quickly. The word itself usually has a negative connotation attached to it, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Overwhelming can be a good thing, as it has been for me and many others who have signed their name in Lee Chapel, committing to the student run Honor System.

Through my three years, I’ve learned a lot–from the simplest things like making a grilled cheese sandwich in a toaster, to thinking about life beyond myself. Internships, organizations, studies abroad, varsity sports, and numerous professors and peers have taught me the following things in their own unique ways:

In closing, do what you love, and love what you do, for at the end of the day, your happiness is dependent on no other but you.