By Rohan Keith Andresen ’12
At the end of any adventure, people commonly remark on how quickly it went by.
My time at Brophy falls into this cliché.
As I think back on my past four years, I can only see a blurry slideshow of memories that have built me into the person I am today.
The experiences that I have had throughout my Brophy career have had a profound effect on me, and I cannot believe that in a short time I will have to say farewell to a place that I have come to call home.
Though I am excited to move on with the memories and knowledge that high school has inundated me with, I realize I am leaving a very special place and an even more extraordinary community behind.
I am lucky enough to have the outlet of The Roundup to share how much Brophy means to me and how much I will miss it.
I hope that every other student will feel the same nostalgia when he imagines leaving this place behind.
The events and experiences we all partake in leave such different, yet profound imprints on our hearts.
I cannot stress enough the importance of taking advantage of every single thing Brophy offers.
Our school is so unique that it would be sinful for us to overlook some of the amazing things that we will find nowhere else.
The things that I have learned on my Magis, Kairos, immersion trips, club activities and simply as an active member of the community will stay with me always.
The conversations with friends and esteemed faculty have helped me develop my opinions and have left me with an everlasting bank of memories that could keep me happy for the rest of my life.
The other day I found myself in an interesting situation. I was leaving a counselor’s appointment and heading back to class and the Mall was empty.
I used the silence and the serenity to take in the campus, to recall my last four years and the most memorable times of my life while at Brophy.
I do not believe that I could imagine a better place.
So, as tradition goes, I would like to pass down advice. Also, as tradition goes, advice tends to fall to the wayside, but I implore every freshman, sophomore and junior to at least consider what I have to say.
Your time at Brophy will be over faster than you know it. Time has a beautiful, yet terrible way of not slowing down for anyone or anything.
So I ask you all to take advantage of the community and opportunities that you have been given.
Try something new. Do a school event without your friends and meet new ones. Don’t lock yourself in the Information Commons studying; instead, go outside and take in our amazing campus filled with even more amazing friends.
Live each day at Brophy to the fullest, and do not take anything that you have been offered for granted.