As a senior, it’s increasingly on my mind that I will be moving on after the next two quarters. A lot of conversations with friends (and family members) these days are about what's next. There’s not much of a unifying theme to this entry. I wanted to talk about how my experience at DePaul is getting me ready for the next step, and this is what I’ve ended up with.
I’m incredibly grateful for my time at DePaul. Going to college in Chicago has changed who I am. I’ve been exposed to the realities of people in the world that I may not have if I wasn't at DePaul. Of course there are things that I wish I did differently, but I’ll save that for another time. Overall, DePaul has made me think differently about how I will contribute to this world. Not only have I drank the DePaul Kool-Aid, but I’ve purchased a pair of DePaul lenses (this is supposed to be symbolic).
My mind has been exploding with interests and thoughts lately. Over break I became interested in learning about computer programming. I know that in the future world we will live in, if not this one already, it will be necessary for everyone to understand programming. My kids will be learning coding at the same time they’re learning basic math and (hopefully) Spanish. I’m also increasingly interested in statistics and data analysis. I do lots of data analysis as a chemistry major, but I’m especially interested more about data analysis outside of a scientific context. I want to be more literate as a data consumer, more aware and critical of the information I take in. Over break I took a religion class taught by a historian, and I realized just how little I know about US history and world history, for that matter. The world changed a lot since I was born, but I feel like I missed out on the significance of those changes because I wasn’t thinking broadly enough. I started listening to PlanetMoney (from NPR) podcasts religiously, and I realized that I wish I knew more about economics.
So, how does this relate to DePaul? My curiosity to learn is symbolic of my time at DePaul. There’s no way that I could have spent time exploring all of these things in college. That’s the point though, right? We’re in college to become more prepared for continued learning. I would like to think that because of my experience at DePaul I’m prepared to continue my learning journey. Even more, DePaul has shaped the lenses through which I will take in new information and experiences. The Vincentian mission at DePaul constantly comes up in my head when I listen to an economics talk. There seems to be a contradiction between the growth that economics calls for and the human dignity that may be exploited in that growth. My experiences at DePaul have caused those thoughts, and I couldn’t be more thankful because I know that those reminders will continue to help shape the decisions that I make.