I wandered over to Clemons today in an attempt to write.
I sat down at a carrel and then proceeded to read every message written on it. Some of the messages are crude references, or invitations "for a good time". People have scratched in their initials or their Greek initials or simply initial hearts initials. Many of the comments express the stresses of normal students - "I hate spherical coordinates." "I hate studying." "I'm going to ace this test!" "Last final ever!"
But this is what's kind of amazing - most of the comments are written by students hoping to inspire and help each other. "You are awesome! You got this! Faith in yourself is the 1st Step to Success!" "I'm here for you" (with another written under it, "Yes, really!") "It is only in the depths of our exhaustion and madness that we approach understanding our true selves - Richard Wagner" "You are loved." "It's almost over! Hang in there!" "Don't give up. You got this!"
People respond in a conversation-like manner. "Thanks!" "Agreed!" ":)" "Amen!"
And despite the fact that I have now joined the dozens of other students who have sat at this carrel, stressing over my load and my future, I feel a sense of camaraderie with these people. People, who as beleaguered as myself, looked up from their book or their computers and scratched something out either to inspire themselves or for some unknown classmate out there who might find themselves in a tough situation.
Either way, I'm impressed and inspired and encouraged. THANKS.