Ready to move on, but enjoying the moment

By Taylor VilesSports Editor

Taylor Viles broadcasts a soccer game in the fall of 2022. Photo courtesy of Taylor Viles

I don’t want to leave anything on the table when I graduate. I want to feel like any opportunity I’ve had and any relationship I’ve had, I’ve been able to cultivate and achieve to the fullest extent. 

I am nearing the end of my fourth year at Lasell and for the first time since I began in 2018, I’ve started to feel like college is behind me. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the college experience. I was given opportunities to learn my craft from the first time I stepped onto a campus fewer than 10 miles from Boston such as hosting my own radio show, writing stories for the 1851 Chronicle and creating the first sports show for Lasell Community Television (LCTV). What more could someone ask for? 

Each semester I come in ready to learn and grow, and find a new understanding of the communication field, but the excitement that is usually coursing through my veins isn’t there. The thing that does get me out of bed every day is the fact that with each new day, I am one step closer to graduation and finally getting my first job in the field I’ve fallen in love with.

This is so exciting to me; moving on, growing up, being completely in charge of my life. I can decide to quit a job, move to the other side of the world, really do anything I want. For the first time in my life, there’s no school in September.

But before all of this future is planned, I need to finish strong, and for me, that means many things. I want to make sure the club I’ve worked so hard to make relevant on this campus, LCTV, is in a good position to succeed. I want to revel in my final few months of youth before needing to embrace the reality of paying bills and making tough decisions. I want to spend time with the people I love before I have to start working shifts at ungodly times during random days of the week because of the industry I’ve chosen. 

Each of these requires me not to look ahead to what’s next like I’ve done all my life, but to only move step by step. Of course, I will still apply for jobs and look at opportunities, but what I don’t want is to look back at this semester with any displeasure of how I took advantage of it. 

I have no idea where I will be at this time next year. But that’s not what I’m thinking about right now. That will all work itself out. For now, I am embracing the last few months as a Laser, before the only team I am on is my own.

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  1. Taylor Viles, that was a fantastic essay, capturing the essence of knowing that you’re at the doorstep of change, but also knowing that you’ve got to finish going through the door. Finish strong! Don’t leave anything undone. I’ll be there to celebrate you going through the door.
    Jonathan

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