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Finding who I really am

Me with senior Curtis Tompkins

Throughout the years, Gonzaga has been a place for young men to develop into men for others. Gonzaga preaches high character to all students and treats each other respectfully. Throughout my time at Gonzaga, I have learned to be myself and to do activities I like to do. 

I have learned everybody is different and they have different interests than I do. It is easier to be nice to others than be worried about different things people do. 

A component of this is getting to be yourself. At Gonzaga, it is easy to fall into the freshman and sophomore year crowd of the popular kids and go with them. I know many people who found their true group of friends in their junior year. By doing activities you like to do, you will meet new people with the same interests as you do. 

I learned that everybody at Gonzaga knows what they want to do and find others who share their interests by senior year. The different clubs and the sports teams generally hang out together.  I played baseball for three years here at Gonzaga, and most of my friends were on the baseball team. When I quit playing baseball senior year, I found my group of friends who I like to hang out with outside of Gonzaga. 

My college roommate, Matthew O’Callahan, was from the group of friends I had apart from the baseball team. We were in Mr. Lipari’s world History class freshman year, and the bond that all of us had in that class continues to this day.  I was in a few classes with my friends, and we talked about sports like soccer and football. 

I used to think soccer was the most boring sport to follow and watch a full game of but now I am a huge soccer fan and I watch matches regularly. We have gone to D.C United games and made fantasy sports leagues to compete in. I have made many lifelong friends here at Gonzaga and I look forward to being with them over the summer and beyond.

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