For the past few weeks I have been very excited about writing this column, partly because I don’t have to scour my brain for a topic I haven’t already written about but mostly because I have been looking forward to using this opportunity to thank my friends, family and faculty at Marquette University for the help and support they have given me over the past four years.
I have greatly enjoyed my time here in Milwaukee. Even when temperatures remained below freezing for months on end I have never regretted coming to school here. I have made many memories that I will be able to take with me for the rest of my life, from waking up in McCormick Hall as a freshman to a hallway covered with torn down posters and apple pies to our trip to New York City over spring break and the many basketball games attended in between. I honestly could not have asked for a better four years.
Many opportunities have been given to me over the past few years and it is only right that I thank first and foremost the professors at this school who took time out of their day to provide me with their insight and guidance. In particular, I would like to mention Dr. Christopher Wolfe who retired from the political science department last year to go on to bigger and better things. I know I was not the only student he impacted and I am sure I can speak on behalf of all of us when I say, thank you for all of the time you have taken to help each one of us.
As influential, if not more, have been the friends I have been blessed to make while here at Marquette especially those on “The Warrior” staff whom I have had the pleasure of working with. I have enjoyed knowing each and every one of you throughout my time here and as we head our separate ways I look forward to seeing our future accomplishments. I would specifically like to mention those of us who will be serving in the Marine Corps or Navy upon graduation whom I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with. For the past four years we have been looking forward to May 2009 and now it is upon us. I’m not sure what will be in store for each one of us but I am sure it will be exciting.
Finally I would like to urge those of you who will be remaining here at Marquette for the years to come to take advantage of the opportunities here. Attend the speakers who come to campus, get involved in university activities, attend every basketball game possible or come and write for The Warrior. This university has much to offer anyone who wants to be involved. To all of you who have been reading my column for the past few years, thank you very much; hopefully you enjoyed some of them. To those of you who either were offended or frustrated by them, particularly the one entitled “Practice social justice, respect the wealthy,” hopefully it made you think – you’re welcome.