Hello, my name is Dan Landau. Some of you may already know me as the Photo Editor for The Metro, or perhaps you may know me from any of the other activities I have been involved in over the past few years here at FDU. Commencement is barely two weeks away and as a graduating senior, I am very excited to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Graduation is naturally a time of reflection on the last four years. I won’t subject you to the usual clichés that we hear at graduation time. Instead, I just want to tell you a few things that I learned at FDU — things that you can use to get the most out of your college experience.
College is like a meal. The academics are the real meat and potatoes part of college, after all, ostensibly you are here to get a degree and learn something as opposed to simply avoiding having to join the workforce for a few years. However, four years of nothing but study would be very bland, it is important to properly season the food. The spices used in preparing the meal is the social aspect of college as the friends you make and the activities you partake in will flavor your college experience. A good meal comes with a dessert, something sweet to remember your college experience by. The dessert is the activities that make your college experience very special.
The food — Academics are very important. Your grades do matter and they will be a determining factor in your future after college. Good grades are important for getting into grad school and landing good jobs after college. I had to say that. Now I will stop talking like your mothers and get down to the fun stuff.
The spices — Grades are important, but so is having fun. College is a time to make incredible friendships and get involved in awesome activities. By joining some of the clubs on campus, I made strong friendships that I will take with me when I leave FDU. Students like to complain that there is nothing to do on campus. Well, they are wrong. As a commuter, I had to look for ways to get involved and get the “college experience.” When I looked, I found a myriad of clubs, events, activities and friends to be made. Remember, this is the seasoning of your meal, so you want it to be good. Spending four years only studying or playing video games will make for a bland meal. Get out and join some clubs; you might be surprised at how much fun you’ll have.
The dessert — Look for special activities to augment your meal. These will be some of the most important parts of your college experience, and like a dessert, they will provide sweet memories of the meal. For me, my dessert was a semester abroad at Wroxton College. The memories gathered from a semester spent enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of England will always be with me. Wroxton was certainly a highlight of my college experience.
The chef — If you don’t know how to transform the ingredients in front of you into a fine meal, enlist the help of another chef. By chef, I am of course referring to a mentor. A mentor is an invaluable resource that can help you immensely. For me, my mentor, in addition to helping me tremendously with my undergraduate career, also guided me towards my next step: a master’s degree in Communication from FDU, which I will begin next year.
Ultimately, how your college experience plays out is up to you. You have all the ingredients to make a fine gourmet dinner, or an insipid meal. The choice is up to you. Bon Appetit.