sure not to just stay inside your bubble
years can do a lot to a person. From the idealistic
freshman I was in 1999 to the senior less than a month
away from a whole new world of reality, I know that
I am not the person I was when I started.
Though I was raised a Horned Frog, I never expected
what I encountered while I was here. The Pub, Scooners,
Fat Harrys ... such wonderful blurred memories.
But the ones that are crystal clear are the ones that
matter the most. Losing my voice at football games,
losing sleep over projects, losing my mind just trying
to cope with college.
been a great experience. And Id like to reminisce
about those crazy times and give you advice on what
its all about, but that would be impossible. My
college life will never be yours (as much as you wish
it was), and yours will never be anyone elses.
The only thing you can do is make it your own and not
waste it stuck in the TCU bubble.
As much as I have loved this campus, some people just
dont realize there is more to life than this.
And I dont mean Sundance Square. The TCU bubble
isnt a place, its a state of mind. Whether
youre a Greek groupie or an eccentric introvert,
this world is full of people that are not like you,
despite what you might think during your time here.
People in the real world dont really care how
much money you have or how good you look (except in
Hollywood, but I said the real world). They care about
who you are. And Im willing to bet that half of
you dont know.
Sadly, I cant tell you how to figure it out either.
Its been five years since I started this journey,
and though I have made some serious life decisions,
Im nowhere near done. Part of that is because
people constantly change. Who I am now will not be who
I am in five or even ten years. Part of that is also
because people dont care. Its easier to
be who someone else wants you to be than to figure out
what you want. I can tell you that route is a lot less
As a liberal, I know that this is no University of Texas
at Austin. But as a person, its still sad to be
part of a community so unaware and uninvolved in the
world around them. I cant tell if its apathy
or a fear of looking uncool (read: different) or just
plain stupidity that keeps us in our comfortable corners,
but I hope its just a passing phase.
Now dont get me wrong I have thoroughly
enjoyed my time here on campus. I have no regrets about
coming here. But everything I learned outside of the
classroom was through interactions with the world around
me. The differing viewpoints of those brave enough to
share them not only caused me to think about important
issues, they helped me define my own outlook on life.
I am a better person because of the challenges I have
faced and the people who believed in my ability to surpass
them. Here, where the biggest challenge is choosing
between a Lexus and BMW, and where you have a whole
support group of sisters and brothers to help you choose,
its hard to see the big picture.
But I assure you, its out there. The point is,
how are you going to see it inside a bubble?
Editor Sarah Chacko is a senior news-editorial journalism
major from Fort Worth.