My College Experience

Kevin - Tempe, Arizona
Entered on May 6, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: humanism
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I am a freshman just completing my first year at a collegiate university and I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with people. Since arriving at the university I have encountered and befriended many people, yet it was my change of daily routine that accompanied my college classes that caused me to realize the extraordinariness of human beings in general. First semester, my class schedule was a magnificent masterpiece of inconveniency and grief. Consisting of a full load of classes, each artfully positioned as far a distance as possible from the one before, I enjoyed a solid fifteen minutes of hourly personal contemplation every day walking across the entire campus between each class. As one may easily guess, a daily routine consisting of shying away from eye contact with my peers for what seemed like miles at a time quickly grew to be passé. Forced to devise a method of entertainment to while away my inter-class travels, I dared to break taboo and blatantly stared at everyone I passed. Intriguingly enough, this simple act of deviance of societal customs and habits caused me to discover something so enlightening and profound that I was forever changed.

The human individual is one of the most amazing forms of art and, ironically, it is free for viewing at all times. Walking from class to class, I observed a myriad of different individuals all off in their own little worlds. Some walked and read, others skillfully weaved through the hordes of my fellow classmates at high speeds, and still more simply ambled around calmly, like myself. Pretty people, fat people, ugly people, all served as a cause for me to ponder. Who were they? What do they want to do with their lives?

Now that I can proudly claim to be apart of the collegiate elite I have come to a great realization. Free from the sheltered existence of high school and no longer bound to the same people for years upon years, my worldview has grown exponentially in just my one year of college. I have come to understand that we are the most versatile of beings; capable of bouts of malevolence just as easily as generosity and kindness. Merely the outwards proportioning of our physical extremities is enough to enrapture for long periods of time, not even to speak of the indescribable treasures that reside with our magnificent forms. For inside our amazing bodies dwells one of the most amazing phenomena that I have ever come across, the human identity. Possessing endless potential for outward expression and accomplishment, there is no need to look to the heavens for artistic inspiration. We are surrounded on a daily basis by living, breathing, divine inspirations that will not only enthuse, but provide moral support in our direst times of needs. I believe in the awe-inspiring nature of people. I believe in the art of the divine that surrounds me on a daily basis. But more than all this I believe in long contemplative walks between my classes.