Monday, February 18th, 2019

We lose ourselves and find ourselves

Posted on September 29, 2015 in Perspectives
By USM Free Press

By Nick Beauchesne

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick Beauchesne. I am an English major here at USM, 29 years old and returning to school from a five year hiatus. Aside from a poorly written soccer player-profile I scratched together five years ago, this is my first piece of writing submitted for print for the Free Press. I am excited and grateful for the opportunity afforded me by our school and this student paper in allowing me to come back and start reading, writing, and working again.

With introductions now taken care of, perhaps I should start saying something of substance. I thought long and hard about how I was going to start this perspectives column, struggling for the words and the message I felt should be said to get off to the right start with the paper and its readership. It’s no easy thing to establish a connection with someone through print. Many have tried; far better than me have failed.

I am okay with that. If I fail, then so be it. If this piece turns people off, then the Free Press and I will have a conversation (probably a short one) about me finding something else to do with my words. I hope that does not happen, of course. The idea of putting together something substantive and sustainable for this paper is something I will work hard for, but I may fall flat.

That’s okay though. At least this time I will be able to look back and say I gave it a shot. You see, my first foray into higher education here at USM was not one where much got hung on the refrigerator back home. I didn’t care about myself or my future enough to embrace the work required of me in the present. Rather than commit to long-term goals, I flocked toward short-term escapes and distractions.

Instead of developing positive character traits, I sought out means of escape. You see, it’s easy to get lost here. We’ve all gone through points in our lives, to varying degrees, when we weren’t quite sure where we were headed, or how we got here. No, the campus isn’t sprawling, but there’s a whole lot to do with yourself here as a Husky. Whether its books, parties, or student organizations, many different avenues are available here that you can find yourself in.

In the future, this column will seek to explore different options available to people here at USM. It is my hope that through my personal exploration into the different ways people here spend their time, different options and perspectives will become available to you, the reader.  Aside from this paper, that’s another thing we all have very much in common. All of us spend time. How we do it, and what we get out of what we choose to spend it on, is a theme to be explored throughout the course of this school

If this is something that interests you as a reader, I hope the column will be able to sustain that curiosity. If it isn’t, then perhaps I’ll be able to sway you once I have hit the ground and started running after this article. Either way, thanks for taking the time to pick up your school paper and see what is happening in this community we all share. Here’s to finding ourselves.

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