There are two things that my grandfather used to tell me when I was a child. Both phrases have stuck with me until now, and they both apply to me as my weeks at Springfield College are coming to a close. The first of the two phrases is more of a serious one: “everything in your life is going to happen for a reason.” The second, however, is not so serious. My grandfather, who we call “Pop” within our family, used to tell me, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. As it comes to an end, it seems to just go by faster and faster.”
Well, for me at Springfield College, these past few weeks have been the last layers of the toilet paper roll. With only a few more days remaining in my college career, I have done a lot of reflecting on the past five years of my life and the person I was when I walked through the doors of Massasoit Hall in the fall of 2009, as well as the person I have become today.
I was never a very confident kid. I was someone that struggled with identity. I often let others make crucial life decisions for me. A lot of that changed when I was introduced to the Springfield College lacrosse team. At the first meeting of the year when our head coach, Keith Bugbee, had us stand up in front of the rest of the team and share our name, our hometown and position, the Jon Santer that stood up in front of numerous intimidating upperclassmen is a much different Jon Santer that will be shaking Mary Beth Cooper’s hand on May 18.
The coolest thing about being a part of the men’s lacrosse team at Springfield was that I immediately met 49 friends. Over the years, I gained more confidence and in turn I started to discover my identity. Over the years, those 49 friends turned into a brotherhood that I desired from the days when I would complain to my mother, requesting her to have another son.
This farewell is not going to be about me though. It is going to be about the many great people that have been instrumental in my five years on Alden Street.
For starters, I have to thank the ever-so-wise professor in our major, Marty Dobrow. I took Sports Writing with Marty in the spring of 2012, and he noticed a talent in my writing. After numerous meetings in his office, where he would attempt to convince me to be part of the Communications/Sports Journalism crew, I finally gave in. I have no idea where I would be without Marty, for he provided me with the motivation to be as successful as I am today.
Secondly, I have to thank my mentor and Springfield College’s Director of Sports Communications, Brian Magoffin. For people that don’t know Brian as well as I do, he is the epitome of hard work. He is the perfect role model for me and embodies everything that Springfield College stands for.
Over the past year, I have had a chance to work with Brian and have not only learned everything about sports communications that I will need in my future, but I also learned a lot of valuable life lessons. I learned how to network, I learned how to delegate, I learned how to manage situations and most importantly, I learned that hard work always pays off. As I leave Springfield College, Brian Magoffin will always have a special place in my heart and I have him to thank for all of the success that will come to me in the future.
Lastly, I have to thank one of my best friends at Springfield College, my motivation to get through these final weeks, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Springfield Student, Joe Brown. There is something about Joe that just brings out the best in people. I think because Joe holds himself to such a high standard, the people around him hold themselves to a higher standard. He doesn’t even have to say anything. I willingly admit that I did not know Joe very well coming into this year besides a few angry text messages because my articles were a little behind deadline (just kidding Joe). I know in the future when I need someone to talk to about a problem, need a boost of motivation, or even if I have a question about AP Style, Joe will always call me back with an answer.
There are many more people that I could thank in this farewell bit but then this piece would be 4,500 words and our very dedicated copy editors, Marissa Puchalski and Erin Linskey, would want my head, not to mention the future of our publication, Andrew Gutman and Pat Kenney.
As my Springfield College toilet paper is flying off the roll as you read this (if you haven’t given up by now), I am going to miss waking up every morning as part of such a wonderful community. There is no doubt when I am prompted with the question of “What college did you graduate from?” in the future, I will undoubtedly and proudly say, Springfield College.