This is my last column for The Cornell Daily Sun and at first I wasn’t too sure what to write. As a graduating senior, I could do something really sappy and look back at my favorite Cornell memories. I could list out my biggest regrets about my four years here. I could also just treat this like any other column. Ultimately, I decided to do a bit of each of the three. Here’s some advice to the Cornell class of 2021.
I know you aren’t looking for advice. You probably think you’re some hot-shot who understands life because you’re old enough to buy cigarettes from grocery stores and order Moon Sand over the phone without having to ask your parents. Honestly, I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing. And hey, maybe you are that hot-shot, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Little brother: I have a condition called Lymphedema, which causes my right leg to swell and forces me to wear a compression sock at all times. I’m constantly getting inquisitive looks. This would be enough uniqueness, but then I also take the stickers off of fruit and place them on my hand. Did you know that? I like to wear earmuffs on a hot summer day, looking like an idiot because people don’t know that they’re also bluetooth headphones. And when Ithaca inevitably shifts to rain and cool, you’ll find me under a bright pink umbrella.
Responsibility is scary. People don’t like being reminded that they are responsible for everything they do, and that these actions have consequences. While some things are obviously out of our control, the world is the way it is because of the things people do. To someone like me, who can barely find her toothbrush in the morning, this seems an alarming level of responsibility. However, it’s not at all uncommon to hear about the World-Changing-Impact one single person can have.
“[The following is the introduction to a self-help book I’m in the process of writing. It’s called Tolerating Yourself, and it will help you cope with the abysmal reality of being the half-sentient mound of debt, angst and mediocrity that you are.]”
I’m tired. Tired of crying, tired of thinking, tired of being. Everything hurts but I don’t understand what exactly because it also all feels empty. And there are no more tears to cry because it’s all empty now. And that’s ok because it’s quiet.
What began as scraps of paper with advice from family and friends became a self-help book published in early February by Joey Khoury ’18. The book currently has a five-star rating on Amazon.com. “After its release, I was overwhelmed to see so many people enjoying it.”
—Joey Khoury ’18
Despite its humble beginnings, Khoury said he is excited with how well his book, Aevum: The 14 Laws that Govern Action, Thought, & Influence has performed since its release. “I am absolutely blown away by the amount of support that my readers are giving me and by the amount of hype that Aevum has picked up in such a short time,” he said. “After its release, I was overwhelmed to see so many people enjoying it.