|At Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana circa 1998|
I visited Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana when I was a Senior in High School. Mom drove me. We spoke to the professors in the Liberal Arts department and I asked them questions about their philosophy program.
I did not enroll in the school - I ended up becoming a seminary student at Saint Joseph Seminary in Saint Benedict, Louisiana.
However, Centenary symbolizes the trajectory I could have taken if I had chosen to stake out my own way as a college student on my own terms.
It is interesting to think about what you think you want versus what other people want for you. I knew I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college. I did not want to go to the big state university and at the time I had no motivation to study far away from home.
In the photograph, I am wearing what - at the time - I considered my sophisticated garb. I look pretty decent and I love my choice of glasses!
If I had gone to Centenary I would probably be saddled with more debt as an adult - and I certainly would have been introduced to a completely different set of teachers and students. I wonder if the trajectory of my life would have been different?
I know many seniors in High School are visiting colleges during this time. What colleges draw your attention? I think it is important to think about how you want to be in college, where you want to be - because you spend so much time in college, studying, making friends - it's a pretty major decision.
Good luck to all the seniors out there.