Young Alums Give Useful College Advice to Senior Class
Jesuit alumni Gregory Schwing ’11 and Dillon Knight ’15 returned to campus this week to offer college advice to seniors before their graduation in May.
Schwing told seniors about how the desire for responsibility, privilege of caring for his grandfather, and the strong resolve found through the Spiritual Exercises led him to pursue his dream to cure Glioblastoma Multiforme, or at least extend the lifespan of those suffering from the disease. He stressed the importance of faith as the path of life is often circuitous, himself transferring colleges twice in two years. He begins an MD-PhD program this June at Wayne State in Detroit, MI. He will complete his PhD in Computer Science and aims to become an academic pathologist.
Knight, a junior civil-engineering student at LSU, advised the senior class on their transition to college by encouraging them to manage their time wisely and to get involved. A main point in Knight’s speech was faith life. “By keeping faith in God at the center of your life, you become the best version of yourself,” he said. Knight added that staying true to Jesuit ideals and making everyday sacrifices will help a college freshman grow in happiness.
Mr. Tom Bagwill, Jesuit’s advancement director, asked Schwing and Knight about other college topics and opened the floor to seniors for any questions. The two alumni added a word about forming good budgeting habits early in their college career.
Alumni director, Mat Grau ’68, concluded the assembly by inviting the graduating seniors to stay active as Jesuit alums after graduation. He then explained the significance of being welcomed into the alumni association in May at the annual, alumni-only Commencement Luncheon.