Carpe Diem

Written by Josh Durling

We hear this all the time: “to make the best of your university years, get involved.” Okay. Get involved. But, how?

Surprisingly, this question struck me not too long ago. With all of the extra-curricular activities available at Brock, getting involved in what you love seems like a walk in the park.

Sure, I’ve been involved in activities here and there, but I always felt like there was more I could do – like there was something I was missing. A teacher once told me in high school that “you shape your own destiny”. Like many of my peers, I listened to what she told me in one ear, and let it leave the other. With so many things happening around me, I never took the time to question what my teacher was actually saying.

It wasn’t until my senior year of high school when I volunteered in Vietnam with Habitat for Humanity that I understood what my teacher was telling me. Every dream beings with an idea and every journey begins with a single step. Volunteering awakened a hidden knowledge that anything is possible if we work together, as a community. Truly, you can make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

Now, with reading week approaching, I’ve found another opportunity to help build and give back to the community (as well as travel!). Brock’s Alternative Reading Break Program is heading to South Carolina from February 16 – 24 to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Check out the Alternative Reading Break website à http://brocku.ca/residence/residence_life/alternativereadingbreak (there are still spots available!)

The phrase ‘carpe diem’ holds a very powerful meaning, but to actually grasp the underlying significance one must truly ‘seize the day.’

 

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