Senior Wisdom: Chuck Roberts

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Name, Hometown, School, Major: Chuck Roberts, America, CC, Political Science

Claim to Fame? Mayor of EC, cold-hearted King typecast, Model (UNer), bow tie enthusiast, Taylor Swift devotee, compassionate conservative, and fierce, fierce friend.

Where are you going? Boston-bound to work for the Romney campaign, but first I am going everywhere on campus the guide to living allows, reliving memories and making new ones.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. “Not all those who wander are lost.” Some of the most brilliant and interesting people I have met here have been those without a clear path or destination. Life is about the journey, which means we should all feel a little lost at some point if we’re doing it right. Spontaneity can be beautiful. Don’t be afraid to throw yourself into student theater if you’re not an actor or intern for Ralph Nader if you’re a Republican. That’s how you learn that maybe you are an actor (or that you are definitely not Ralph Nader).
  2. “One does not make friends. One recognizes them.” Those friends will cherish and love you no matter who you are or where you are going. They will listen without waiting for their turn to talk. And they will make the time for you. Find them; cherish them in return; and don’t ever let them go.
  3. “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” Pay attention in the Core. Do the reading–you’ll find quotes like that one. Take time to pause, to reflect, and to care for yourself. Don’t be afraid to question yourself. You might just end up finding answers you really love and that can make all the difference.

“Back in my day…” Elizabeth was queen; groundling admission to the Globe cost a penny; and doublets were a thing. Alas.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you.’ And no one can ask anything more of you too.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? I don’t believe there ever was a ‘War on Fun.’ We are here for four years at a time and can certainly leave our marks, but there are good, well-intentioned people making careers out of improving this school and its community. It will never be perfect, and we should always question and challenge its status quo. But I have found time and again that there are reasons for the rules and administrators will meet you halfway if you make the effort. So much of life is determined by your reaction to it that fretting over a supposed conflict actually gets in the way of having real fun.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Option 1.

Advice for the class of 2016: Keep a journal so that you can look back over 4 years and see just how much has changed, and just how much more has stayed the same. Do KCST spring show because you won’t ever want to stop. Become a tour guide and fall in love with your school anew every week. Hold the elevator for others. Say thank you when others do so for you. Backstroke through your swim test, which you should also take at the last possible minute, because it isn’t a race. Tell people what they mean to you. Don’t ever sleep in Butler. And if you’re going to pull just one all-nighter in Butler during your final semester let it be to write your Senior Wisdom before the last day of classes with people you love.

Any regrets?

  • I didn’t join KCST sooner.
  • I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
  • And I didn’t resist the urge to look at the comments made about this Senior Wisdom.

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  1. LOVE  

    love love the LOTR quote. nice one, Chuck.

  2. Anonymous  

    You support Romney and would give up oral sex? What went wrong in your life?

  3. Anonymous  

    Chuck is so sexy

  4. Anonymous  

    Truly a gentleman. Love ya Chuck!

  5. Jessie and Andrea

    My Darling, we love you, we love you, we love you.

  6. Ew  

    Republicans are gross

  7. gay

    Republican or not, he's adorable!

    • CC'14  

      Well, sucks to be you, cause he'll do anything he can to deny you your civil rights.

      • Fellow CC'14er  

        Fuck you. Plenty of conservatives--I would bet a vast majority of the ones on Columbia's campus--are for gay rights. Sometimes a person's political views don't fall completely along party lines. Just because I think the Democratic party is shit at regulating the economy doesn't mean I don't passionately support gay marriage.

        • Anonymous

          Well, he's working for someone's campaign who seeks to deny gays civil rights, so yes, I do think that if you help a bigot get elected, you are not a part of the solution.

  8. Anonymous  

    Chuck is really one of the nicest, funniest people I've met at Columbia. I wish I'd gotten to know him better, but he is truly a stand up guy- and proof that your political affiliation does not define who you are! Chuck is extremely brave for being who he is on this campus: a leader in the theatre community and a leader for a the Republicans. I'm surprised his claim to fame wasn't that he wins at Sleep No More every. single. time. We'll miss you, Chuck!

  9. Alum

    great wisdom, Chuck! can't believe you're graduating already! :) best of luck to you

  10. Work for the Romney campaign?  

    What are you going to do? Translate republican rhetoric out of a hat?

  11. Anonymous  

    i love you, chuck! best of the good eggs. so glad i got to know you.

  12. Friend

    Whether you agree with Chuck or not on just politics, just know that he is a wonderful person. He's absolutely, without question, one of the more as imaging people here. Also, he will be your president one day. Love ya, Chuck. (ps, KCST wishes you had joined sooner)

  13. Alum

    Met chuck 4 years ago, while we were both walking to eat lunch alone; we sat together and argued over politics but became friends. He has since been an inspiration and a breath of fresh air - someone who leads by example, is 100% dedicated to his involvements, keeps himself out of the limelight and is above all, dependable.

    I know Chuck as the behind-the-scenes guy, staying up late and waking early to fulfill his many commitments, and to help the organizations he was a part of run smoothly. He might have started acting, but Chuck: No matter where you might stand on the stage of life, remain Mr. behind-the-scenes. You showed me that supporting others can be as fulfilling as it is trying, and that's where you learn about others and yourself. Thanks for being a partner in crime and a great friend.

  14. I hope Chuck Does the right thing  

    With the information that Romney was a Homophobic bully in high school

  15. romney

    isn't just a homophobe. Also a misogynist.

  16. Anonymous  

    this is my favorite senior wisdom. and i wrote one. if people get distracted by the politics and donkt pay attention they will miss out on some really waluable advice.

  17. CC12  

    Chuck, you're the best. Just wanted to add to the chorus of positive comments on this thread because you deserve all those and more. Stay classy!

  18. Allie  

    LOVE YA CHUCK. Great senior wisdom, thanks for being an amazing role model this year. Next year wont be the same without you. Remember me when you're famous :)

  19. 717

    ^regret not knowing 818 sooner

  20. Anonymous

    Met chuck only this semester on the squash court. Awesome conversations. Our country could use more Republicans like him. Best of luck to ya buddy maybe I will be voting red in twenty years!

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