This phrase was one of the first things I hear as a freshman journalism and mass communication major here at St. Bonaventure University in my first ever college course. My classmates and I didn’t know it at the time, but my professor was trying to get us to be more observant of our surroundings and be aware of any little thing that could spark a story in our minds, having us walk around the building several times and write down what we “noticed” without speaking a word to each other.
Now, as a graduate student preparing for graduation this Sunday, I still remember that saying and try to live it as much as possible throughout my daily life. This weekend, my friend and I took the opportunity to stroll around our beautiful campus and just take it all in. As this will be my final week in Bonaland, it was great to just stop, and reflect on the serenity, peacefulness and beauty that I might have taken for granted over the last five years. Too busy with my head buried in the books to notice the little things that make this campus unique, warm (more like frigid in the winter) and inviting.
My advice to everyone would be to make sure to slow down even during life’s most hectic, stressful moments to” take the time to talk the walk”. Literally and figuratively. Create your story but don’t forget to take in to account what’s happening around you in the process. Cherish you experiences, loved ones and friends that have helped you become who you are today. Before you know it, some of life’s greatest moments will be over in a blink of an eye. Enjoy them while you can!