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.
Think big and carve your own paths, urged Prof. Bruce Monger, earth and atmospheric sciences, in his “last lecture.”
The last lecture series, hosted by Mortar Board, brings speakers to reflect on his or her life experiences and share thoughts with students, as if it was the speaker’s last lecture. In his lecture titled “My Slightly Unusual Life-Journey And Some Important Things I Have Learned Along the Way…,” Monger recounted how he grew up in the small town of Shelton, Washington, where the two main industries were saw mills and logging. Despite his deep love for science as a child, Monger said in high school he “just mindlessly sort of followed what [his] friends were doing,” taking carpentry and woodshop instead of science classes. After high school, he continued to follow his friends and went into the logging business, “because that’s what everyone else did.” However, during one solo motorcycle trip to Colorado during a summer vacation, he had an epiphany that changed the direction of his life. While checking into a motel, he realized, “That’s what adults do…I’m totally an adult. I’m in charge of everything now.