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This is it. The end of the road. Time to stop and get on with life...
Just "wow?" Hmm. I can do better than that.
I came to Bowling Green State University knowing just a few people and expecting the unknown. Many well-wishers had told how much fun college was going to be, about all the people I'd meet, and all the experiences I would have.
How did they know? Does this happen to everyone? If so, College is a truly remarkable place that everyone should be required to at least visit.
If only I could talk to the "me" of five years ago. What would I tell him? What if I was to write him a letter?
I am writing to you from the future. I am one of the many "yous" which you may become. I certainly hope you choose a future like the one that I did. It's ultimately up to you, but let me take a moment to offer a few words of advice for the next five years. (Yes, it took you five years to graduate in my world.)
You are off to BGSU to begin the rest of your life. You are going to meet some of the best friends you'll ever have. You are going to work your butt off, learn and grow in ways that you cannot imagine, and come to know yourself in a whole new light.
But beware. There are rough times ahead. Disappointment, loneliness, hardship, and frustration. Remember not to take life too seriously. Lean on your friends when you need to, and try to help them out in any way you can. You'll soon discover how truly important they are.
Remember to keep your mind open to the possibilities. The future is yours, so don't waste a moment of it.
Oh, that nickname "Z" will probably stick with you for a while yet. ;-)
What about the future? The "me" from twenty years from now has just sent me an e-mail full of advice for the future, some answers to the many questions I haven't thought to ask. What does it say?
Only time will tell.
As for my friends...
To everyone in Prout Table:
Assembling this project has been a truly rewarding (and emotional) experience. I have spent hours upon hours putting material in here and trying to integrate the many suggestions you have offered me. This project may be mine, but I did it for all of us. I want it to be something that each of us can look back on and fondly remember the times we spent together at BGSU.
I don't know how I can possibly express the impact each and every one of you has had on my life. We're truly an amazing group of people. I thank you for everything you've done for me and hope that I've done what I can to return the many favors. There are so many things I will never forget about you--so many more than I was able to include here.
I have no idea where the future will take us all, but if recent history is any indication, the best is yet to come. Let's try to stay in touch and hopefully enjoy our lives--together or apart.
I love you all.
Updated: May 2nd, 1997