Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Editor's Note

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Editor's Note

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Of all the people you encountered at college, who comes to mind as most important? An inspiring professor? Your future spouse?

I think of the first friend I made. David, so vivid, shed luster on me.

We met move-in day our freshman year at a small, residential, liberal arts campus, living a few dorm rooms apart. He cursed as I breezed by. Startled and confused, I retreated to unpack more. Minutes later, David knocked, introduced himself, apologized, and explained the profanity: The whoosh of air I had generated from the hallway sent flying a shredded letter he was piecing together. Turns out, David and a cousin corresponded by composing a one-page missive, ripping it up into smithereens, and then mailing the bits in an envelope for the recipient to arrange like a jigsaw puzzle and tape into place. What ingenuity! What dedication!

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David epitomized a budding Renaissance man. He majored in theater, designing, building and lighting sets, and minored in biology to be well-rounded. David read the dictionary for fun. A cellist since third grade, he played classical and world music equally adeptly. David added taekwondo in academia, earning a belt each semester. …

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