As college students, we’re asked by our professors to play many parts: a mad scientist in the lab, a mystical philosopher quoting Aristotle and Plato in every paper, the analytical mathematician to fulfill the basic math requirements, and even an all-knowing historian in our blue book exams for Dr. Travis Smith. Many of us also tack on roles such as parent, spouse, friend, employee, teammate, etc.
With all these roles demanding our attention, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. You start to burn the candle at both ends, trying to perfect each and every role you play, while never truly feeling successful.
As someone also trying to balance a multitude of roles, I completely understand and share in these feelings. I’ve spent many years in college, and along with gaining an alarming amount of units, I’ve also gained some insight on the many hardships we face as college students. Although some may be obvious, there are a few that never crossed my mind until I ran face first into them. So I hope you’ll join me as I traverse a variety of topics, working to find a better balance in my life and hopefully bringing a little to your own.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
My name is Aaron Thomas Leonard Piccirillo. I was born in Jamestown, NY, raised in Homer City, PA, and have been living in the Sacramento Valley for 11 years now. This semester I am a reporter for Yuba College’s student paper, The Prospector, and a new cast member for Yuba College Theater’s Fall 2014 production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” so I have decided to start a blog for everyone to follow my progress and experiences as a student. This will be my first blog, so if you are willing to follow it, I will make it my goal to keep fun, interesting, and up-to-date.
I wish to present an honest, insightful, and interesting depiction of my involved student life, and the lives of my peers. I want you to be an involved audience. Make comments and ask questions. Tell me what you would like to know about life as a student or about the campus. Consider this your behind-the-scenes all access pass.
“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” –Lloyd Dobler
Who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? These are the questions that we ask ourselves. I don’t think that our soul purpose for being here is to buy and consume goods; we are so much bigger than that. Ask yourself, what is your unique gift? What makes you different than any other person on the planet? What is your soul calling you to do, and how can you take this gift and help elevate society? These are just are just some of the topics that we will discuss in SoulShine…let the light in. This blog is about a soul’s journey to enlightenment (letting the light in).