DeBlogs > Tom Hagerman
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).
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.
I don’t know if I have the grounds to say that I really commute to school, as it only takes me about 30 minutes from door to door, but it’s certainly put a spin on my new school year. Some DePaul students spend an hour or two one way every day, so I can’t complain.
At least 10 people on the chemistry team said that we need to do something like that more often. We often get so caught up in school that we forget to take some time to relax and have fun, and it was a nice reminder how how fun the people (students and professors) can be outside of doing chemistry.
We had a great time, but let’s hope chemistry can take the win next year.