Letter From The Editor: Welcome to Carthage!
You are now a college student. Congratulations! And welcome to campus. I hope your arrival was pleasant and your unpacking stressfree. I’m particularly excited that you have found a quiet moment to open this First Year edition of the Current’s newspaper.
The First Year Issue is a long standing tradition of the Current’s. Each year we fill its pages with advice and information on how to be a successful student in your first few weeks on campus. This year, my staff and I were particularly excited to put together information that we would have liked to have had when we had first arrived. Yet writing this letter, I realize that perhaps our aspiration of imparting this knowledge to you is a bit quixotic.
All of the advice you will receive, whether it be in this publication or from another individual, has come from someone who has had that experience or made that mistake before. The experiences and mistakes they refer to have shaped their life post high school graduation. But it has not shaped yours, yet. While your life would certainly be easier if you did – trust me – you won’t take our advice.
You’ll find yourself making the same mistakes that we did. And that is completely okay, my friend.
Abraham Lincoln is featured on the cover of this newsmag not because he is a key symbol of Carthage’s or because he is a convenient, aesthetically-pleasing statue, but because Abraham Lincoln should be referenced during all rites of passage. A personal hero of mine, Lincoln perfected the art of competing against calamity. Before he was elected as President, he lost five elections. He mourned the death of two of his children. America came apart at its seams during his presidency. To say Lincoln experienced adversity would be an understatement.
We do not remember Lincoln for succumbing to this adversity. However to say he would be the same man without it would be a mistake.
So you should fail, because you don’t learn from success. You should be lonely, because you will never understand yourself more than when you are alone. You should be angry, because the world is not fair and your values should challenge the way the world works. You should be sad, just because it’s okay to be sad. Then choose to be happy.
At one point, you won’t be. Something is going to go wrong because you are an adult now and something always goes wrong. How you handle the crisis will affect your happiness. As Abe said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
By all means, read our publication. Every single word. Then ignore everything we wrote, and make your own mistakes.
Seriously, take my advice to not take any of my advice.