Caleb Friesen is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and participated in AYV at Canterbury High School. Caleb is currently in the Media stream of the Communications program at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and plans to become a Photojournalist.
Well, I’m finally at university, and I can’t quite believe it. The time has passed so quickly. I remember a younger me looking across the playground at the seventh grade students of my elementary school and thinking, “It’s going to take me forever to get that old.” I’ve far surpassed that level of education, and am currently attending Trinity Western University.
This is a new campus, a new city, and a new stage of life for me. How did I get here? Why am I here? Is this really happening? All three of these questions have passed through my mind in the last few weeks. Answers to these questions float around inside of my brain though too.
How did I get here? Well, hard work I suppose. Dedication maybe? I know talent helped a bit as well. But it wasn’t just me that got me here. I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who believe in my cause and care about me. God, family, teachers, friends and even people I have yet to meet have all gotten me to where I am today.
Why am I here? That’s a tougher question to answer, because there are so many different vantage points one can observe it from. My parents think I’m here so that I can graduate and get a good job and live a happy, healthy life. My peers think I’m here because post-secondary is what all the kids are doing these days. My teachers think I’m here because the interest I showed in their classes reflects a desire to learn and use what I learn to benefit myself, and the world around me. I think I’m here because this is where God wants me to be. I believe that the way things all fell into place to allow me to be here did not occur by chance. I also think that I’m here because of the desire that led me here. If I didn’t want to get an education after high school, I wouldn’t have. It’s the fact that there is so much to learn and discover here that drew me in, and it’s the promise of opportunity and adventure that keep me here.
Is this really happening? Well, the simple answer is yes. The complicated answer deals with 16th century philosopher, Descartes, and his arguments supporting the theory of dualism, references to The Matrix and Inception, and a lot of brain-pain, but I’ll save that for the PHIL 105 paper I’m in the process of writing.
I’m missing my family, struggling to maintain a somewhat healthy sleep schedule, and working hard to stay on top of all the work university requires of students. None of those things mitigate my desire to be here though, or how much I’m enjoying this experience. To attend university is such a privilege and an honour, and I’m so glad I’m here.