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Obstacles will not prevent dreams
Posted May 16, 2008

Andres Rivera
Editorial Director

I really did try to make my last column for the Campus Times something worth reading about. I wanted something that would be interesting to all and tried to stay away from the typical evaluation of the college experience, not that there is anything wrong with that necessarily.

The more I searched the news for a worthwhile topic, however, the more I came to realize that perhaps it is time to really let go of the wall I put up around others and let the world in on at least one of my thoughts, no matter how trivial it may be to the rest of the readership. So here we go, pay close attention.

It’s the question that always seems to come up during this time each year for many, “What’s next?”

Many people become interested in knowing where you will be moving on to and all the successes that lie ahead.

God only knows what’s to become of us, right? Well, some people are lucky enough to land the job or a lead to something that will satisfy their interest for now. Others will continue educating themselves in preparation to become the scholarly individual that people look up to in and out of the work.

And then there’s me and others who are inches away from the finish line and don’t know if this run has been worth it. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be an architect. Some say I had potential. But somehow I ended up becoming a journalism major.

Yes, journalism is my current lover. Still the thought of my building sketches one day gracing the skyline of a city still manage to creep into my dreams late at night.

It seems that I may be regretting entering the journalism field, but I’m
not. Writing has also been one of my passions and I would like to continue working on my writing skills, not to mention get a job at a newspaper.

My time at La Verne has been well spent, I have learned a lot from my professors about the world and also about myself. And so have my peers.

Greatness and success is in store for my friends and hopefully for myself because the things we learned at La Verne have complimented our inherent strengths.

Although not all the classes that I took were extremely beneficial. No names will be dropped but the majority were good. In retrospect it was a good choice to attend this school. Now as my last year at La Verne draws at an end, and after thinking about what is to become of me, I have decided to embrace the notion of living life to the fullest.

You only live once, they say. So I am going to be ambitious and try to make some of my bigger dreams a reality.

It may be tough and some people who live by that saying can sometimes become self-destructive if no precautions are taken, but I think I will be able to manage.

Much of what is to come may be uncertain. Obstacles will no doubt keep me from making all my dreams come true. And it would not be healthy or possible to make all life’s pursuits a reality. Whatever does happen though, I now know for certain that I will have friends and others to keep my spirits high and assist me in continuing my path.

Good friends like the ones I have gotten to know while working on the Campus Times, I thank you all for making this experience a good one.

Andres Rivera, a senior journalism major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at arivera3@ulv.edu.