By Rafael Tuachi, Class of 2017
As a native Chicagoan and role model once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I believe this is especially true for Boothies. Don’t believe me? Think back to six months ago. For first years, , we were just starting our tenure at this institution, fresh off a job some place amazing, expectant and unsure about our new peers, and as excited as one can be about our new lives. For most of us, this “new life” also came with a new place to live, and for a select few, a very new marital relationship. We didn’t know what the hell we were going to be, and we had no knowledge of what the next few months held in store.
For second years, you were fresh off a temporary job that you may or may not have liked. A select few of you had future plans set in stone, while others were just starting to explore the future. And you were now the experts at Booth. Just six months ago, you changed from looking up to people to being the people others look up to.
Six months time is nothing compared to a lifetime. Nonetheless, six months ago we were trained on at least six fewer areas of expertise. We knew ourselves and each other far less than we do now, and we had not yet decided some of the things that will forever impact our lives. We had read a lot less, seen a lot less, and met fewer people.
Over the last six months, TNDC frosty beverages have started to taste better, student groups have become more active, and classes have become increasingly more entertaining and interesting. Relationships have flourished and strengthened. Things have become much clearer.
The sad part is that all good things must come to an end (for some of us sooner rather than later), which is precisely why the statement is so important. If six months at Booth feel like a week in the professional world, and if we are capable of such powerful change, then we should be careful with how we use every moment . and we should heed caution to how we enjoy the moments . Because remember: Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Rafa (’17) needs to start paying closer attention to what events transpire around him, but enjoys all of them nonetheless.