just breathe; live life
Colleen Casey is a senior news-editorial journalism
major from Skokie, Ill.
something Id like potential employers to ask me:
my qualifications for the position of living.
My laugh is infectious. It is said that I make some
mean chocolate chip cookies. All my roommates are still
some of my good friends. Sometimes, I take my dog outside
in the morning to go the bathroom before Ive gone
to the bathroom myself. Im a good friend to my
fiancé. When in a good mood, anyone who wants
to can merge in front of me on the highway.
During my college years Ive lived. I have not
just had a life.
But Im hardly an expert on how to deal with what
will follow after graduation. I do know a few things
about college life though.
Id like to encourage others to keep trying, whatever
might come your way. I needed to hear that advice more
than I did during college, especially freshman year
when I hadnt learned what it meant to try. And
especially now when Im trying even though my mind
keeps wondering about what will come next.
At this time senior year in high school, most of us
knew we were coming to TCU. We had a definite in life.
At the current time, Id like that same level of
stability. Thats not going to happen, and thats
OK because Im stronger now. These four years have
been very productive and have taught me things I didnt
Another thing Ill pass on is something that cant
be said enough. It also cant be written on too
many Post-it Notes and adhered to too many highly visible
locations. My advice is to never let things you dont
control bring you down. This doesnt just mean
Move on after someone else gets what you want: the job,
the girl, the last piece of pizza or whatever else.
Forgive yourself if you ran late and you missed out
on something. Dont let things like this get you
If something gets to you anyway, which is usually the
case, try to distract yourself. Hit the Recreation Center.
Challenge yourself to redecorate on a short deadline
and a small budget. Go buy some new pajamas. Get some
chocolate. Tutor a middle school student.
Just dont let things get the best of you in college.
Get the best from it.
Enjoy the scenery around you on your walk to class,
even if youre headed for an exam.
And you wont ever regret occasionally buying one
of Franks Desserts when dining in The Main. Realize
that learning how to live with a noisy neighbor and
how to dodge your pesky resident assistant will be stories
youll tell your kids one day.
You are being tested right now, and the things you do
matter. You do need to come out alive, and not just
breathing, but ready and armed with a stellar résumé
and enough ambition to drive you forward until you receive
your first big promotion.
I encourage others to not only embrace the TCU community
but Fort Worth as well. Its nice to look back
and know that I stepped beyond campus, and not just
to go to get a burrito and back.
Its apparent now that my lessons have been learned
and, for what its worth, all my textbooks sold
During college Ive had many realizations. One
is that nothing is really ever over. There are photos
and journal entries. Reunions and chance meetings. Homecoming
football games and student loan payments. Extra-long
twin bed sheets that will forever sit unused in your
linen closet and treasured memories youll think
You see nothing is ever over. Except this column.