Journey to be Oneself

STATEMENT 1: In his homily at the Class of 2005’s Baccalaureate Mass, LMU’s President Fr. Robert Lawton, S.J., said: ‘‘So what is the answer to this deep insecurity we all feel? The answer, I think, is to embrace the adventure of becoming deeply, and fully, ourselves. This is what God is really calling us to. It seems like the riskiest of all journeys, this journey to be one self. But it’s ultimately the journey that leads us to happiness, that leads us into God’s dreams for us.’’QUESTION 1: Why do you think Fr. Lawton says the ‘‘journey to be oneself’’ seems the riskiest of all journeys? What risks lie ahead in your college career as you embark on the ‘‘adventure’’ of discovering and becoming yourself?

In the “journey to be oneself,” people discover many things about themselves—both good and bad. This kind of self-revelation makes many people afraid to venture on the journey. Throughout life, I have experienced many different events including joyous, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and also immense challenges. This is why the journey to be oneself seems to be the riskiest of all journeys; we don’t have any idea of what truly lies ahead, and we must continually question the decisions we are making, so that we always make the best decision at the time. As I embark on the adventure of discovering and becoming myself, I know there will be both ups and downs, but it is my future, my journey. I will make the most of everything and will reach all of my goals when I reach the end of the road.

Many risks lie ahead in my college career as I embark on the adventure of discovering and becoming myself. One main risk that lies ahead is staying determined and persistent in the face of pursuing a very challenging major. For many years, I have been determined to become a pediatrician. The first risk I must take toward achieving this goal is to pursue an undergraduate degree in biochemistry/pre-medicine. I have always loved math and sciences, so...

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