Kyle Broussard and Olympian Staff
General Manager and Other Staff
First and foremost we here at the Olympian would like to congratulate you on a job well done. You have officially earned your associates degree, and some of you have even earned your bachelors. But the road ahead is not an easy one. The world is not an easy place to get by in, so as fellow members of Olympic College as well as your fellow graduates we would like to give you a sendoff with some advice.
As you look back at some of the moments that you have had here at OC, maybe the friends you’ve made, professors you became close with, or even clubs you’ve formed, we ask you do one thing. Don’t forget to look to the side. Many of us get caught up in our dreams and the hope for the future, and we often times forget to look to the side of us.
Look to those who are fighting the good fight and living life just as you are. We are individuals but we are also a collective. We here at OC have lived for the most part harmoniously with one another, and we’ve done well in that regard. Our campus could be an example to other colleges and organizations around the United States. Because as we look around the world, Americans are growing increasingly selfish as times goes bye.
Many college students want something for nothing, debts taken out in our name by our representatives to pay for things now and leaving us with a bill we won’t be able to pay. We also live in a world where no one wants to be offended, but this same world grows harsher by the day. You have to be stronger than this world and own it.
Although the outlook looks bleak, we have an opportunity. Not the phony bologna opportunities that we hear leadership placate and try to inspire us with, but a genuine one. One that can actually affect the lives of those around you. Don’t be apathetic and don’t be selfish. Stop pointing fingers and take some blame, short changing your neighbors, living off of hand outs and favors, and honestly give a little bit more than you’ve got to give.
I know this is a wonderer’s dream of “if enough people do it,” but that’s not what we’re going after here. We can’t change the world, but you can change someone’s world. I have seen people give more than needed, took just a little extra time to help someone and it brought them to tears. Never thinking anyone cared enough about them to want them to succeed. Many times this is as simple as being their cheerleader for something they are working on.
Many OC students are returning students from either a successful time in the armed services or in the private sector. I encourage you to seek them out and learn from them. They know how far something small can go, especially when lives are on the line.
This opportunity isn’t once in a life time. Every day we make choices and we here at the Olympian ask you to do just one thing…just try. Try to make decisions that help someone and not just yourself. We will leave you with a quote that has given us perspective and it’s from the very entertaining and rather crass Louie C.K.
“You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."
Thank you for all of the memories and letting us bring you stories about the campus, you’ve meant the world to us. Sincerely, thank you, from all of us here at The Olympian.