By Sawyer Knuteson, 2017 SPEA Commencement Student Speaker
Neither greatness nor failure is made in a day; both will take a lifetime to achieve.
This is something that I have said to myself throughout my college career. It has encouraged me in times of tribulation, and humbled me when my arrogance bested me. However, these terms may have a different definition depending on the person with whom you speak; one woman’s failures may be another’s successes, so this is why to define these terms we must first look within.
Many nights we spent long hours writing papers, highlighting the readings or maybe even secretly plotting mutiny within our group projects.
All of these experiences prepared us for class, but they also refined us for difficulties that lay ahead. Despite these experiences and refining moments it is far too often I hear my generation referred to as snowflakes. “Oh you delicate snowflake.” “Don’t hurt the snowflake, they are easily offended.” Well this time, hell yes I’m offended! Because I do not think we understand what a snowflake is capable of and what it means when someone calls us this strange and wonderful insult!
You do realize a snowflake is unique? (more…)