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    A Call to Adventure

    November 10th, 2010, 4:05 pm

    In my office, on a shelf near the chair where students usually sit when they come in for career counseling, I have a framed photograph that I took while backpacking through Europe a few years ago. The picture is of a wall in a hostel in Prague, on which was written, “We ache for places we haven’t gone, for voices we haven’t heard, and smells that linger in a future memory.”

    I keep this picture close by for a few reasons. First, I like to think about the trip that I took with my friend, and the memories we made. Second, I like to think about the unknown in my own life, and how it may play out (which is, of course, impossible to imagine!). And finally, I keep it there because I want students to feel free, within my office walls and far beyond them, to explore the idea of adventure. Sometimes, as I walk through our crowded interview lounge and hear the anxiety that students justifiably experience, I wonder how remote the idea of joy seems. I worry that for some students, it is a distant thought. Read the rest of this entry »