After a brief hiatus, Ask the Gav' is back! In these trying pre-finals times, it could do us all well to think about those who get us through even the most difficult days, or those who have helped shape who we are. So, Gavelers:
Who is someone at BC that changed your life?
It's cliché, predictable, and just the right amount of tender—my life would not be the same if I hadn't met Meg Loughman. Meg, the former Editor-in-Chief of The Gavel, has been a mentor, cool older sister, role model and friend to me. She made The Gavel what it is today: a tight-knit group of insanely creative people who just! can't! quit! doing amazing work every day. Without her example and occasional help over frantic texts at one in the morning, I definitely couldn't pull off being her successor. At the very least, she's been an inspiration for many a rice bowl or adventurous breakfast idea. At the very most, she's encouraged me to take risks and reminded me how lucky I am to get to hang out and create with some of my favorite people every day. Yes, this is soft, but she knows how I feel. Hi Meg! Love you!
One person who has changed my life at BC is Nolan Constantine. Nolan is one of my favorite people to talk to, because he always forces me to look at things in a new way. Whether it’s putting things in perspective (like convincing me that going out with friends is always more important than homework) or explaining some philosophical catchphrase he’s picked up that week, he always has a new way of looking at the world. I think genuine conversation can be rare in college, but with Nolan it never is. Our friendship has definitely changed my life.
As a freshman, I can honestly say that I’ve met some of the greatest people I know just during my first few months here at BC. Specifically, though, one of my closest new friends has had a really strong impact on me and my first two semesters overall. She has been my rock during each of the inevitable highs and lows that I’ve encountered; someone to laugh, cry, and study with on a regular basis (all of the necessities). She’s the type of long-term friend that you hear about meeting while in college, someone who understands you on a level that not everyone else does. I can’t imagine BC without her, and I’m so grateful we met!
Last semester I had the utmost pleasure to take a class with Fr. Michael Himes, a near mythical figure on BC’s campus that most folks never see after freshman orientation. A brilliant lecturer and a wonderful person, Fr. Himes captured our attention through good humor and intellectual prowess alone. The most spellbinding aspect of the class was his ability to teach about religion in a way that was inclusive to everyone, condescending to no one, and willing to engage anyone. Fr. Himes had a tendency to reference Rilke’s poem, The Archaic Torso of Apollo, in which the narrator describes a statue so beautiful, that it forces the narrator to exclaim, “You must change your life.” Taking any class with Fr. Himes might encourage you to do the same.