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Pablo A. Sierra-Carmona

Life’s messy.

As I was meeting with my thesis advisor this past week (hey, Dr. Weiner), he reminded me of something he said in his Political Issues: The Quest for Justice class—“politics is messy.”

Not many of us realize this, but we constantly engage in politics. That’s our life. It’s having a conversation with your family, a debate in your respective club or even lobbying at your state legislature. We are all political animals, as Aristotle says in his Politics. We engage with our community to pursue an end through our logos (logic)—Aristotle’s favorite.

OKAY. Before I bore you to death about Aristotle’s Politics, what I’m trying to say is life’s messy. We all know it; from the weird interactions we have on a daily basis to the constant worry about whether or not the outcome you’ve been hoping for will happen. Life’s weird, confusing and, most importantly, complicated.


That makes it exciting.

Could you imagine a life without obstacles or any sort of challenge?

It would be easy.

It would be boring.

It wouldn’t be life.

Every day, we go through something we consider challenging or tough—that’s how we gain experience. As a firm believer in practicality, I can’t stress this enough: Theory’s good—to an extent—but practice is what truly makes a difference. After all, Albert Einstein famously said: “The only source of knowledge is experience.”

The countless hours you dedicate to getting that A—or hey, even that B—in an extremely challenging course couldn’t be more fulfilling. In fact, even if you don’t get it—you learned something. Don’t we constantly make mistakes and learn from them? I personally do. Sometimes, I even learn from the things I do well in, and try to be better. Because sometimes we don’t have to make mistakes in order to improve; sometimes we just, well, do.

But getting back to my earlier point—without life’s adversities and challenges, we wouldn’t be who we are today. And I know what you’re probably thinking: tell me something I don’t know, Pablo. But it’s true. Look at Congress and the very foundation of our democratic system—it’s slow, tedious and frustrating. It’s messy. But it works.

That brings me to the recent Core Curriculum vote. For those who don’t know, the faculty has been thinking/working/debating/arguing/maybe crying over a new Core Curriculum. Trying to understand the logic and history behind the Core debate is just too difficult to do. The impression I’ve gotten, however, is that the debate has been going on for too long. A majority of faculty and administrators are tired of it already—they want this done and resolved. But the problem is that there’s no consensus.

So, how do we solve it? I don’t know.

All I can say is that I admire and respect all who are involved, regardless of the tension between them. They’re doing this because they care. The restless nights, the heated arguments and all of the constant meetings are because they care and value the future of this College and its students.

I’d just like to remind everyone that you’re all here pursuing a common goal with a common purpose—the well-being of Assumption College. This includes the students, faculty, staff, administrators and yes, even the squirrels.

We are all lucky enough to belong to this community. And I couldn’t help but notice this after the bomb threat this past Tuesday. The College came together—faculty, administrators, staff and students. Even if they were remote and off campus, they did not hesitate to ask and make sure the students were safe.

All I can say, from the bottom of my heart, is thank you.

Or how my people like to say—¡Gracias! (Exclamation points and all.)

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