Our university town has been struck with two tragedies in the last week. The circumstances of these events were live changing and in one case, life ending.
The first, an out of control post-high school graduation party, resulted in a local all-state football star disarming a police officer. The 18 year-old, a recent graduate, now faces four felony charges. The second incident involved a 19-year old visiting friends in a high rise apartment next to campus. He fell seven floors to his death in an elevator shaft.
These situations were framed with bad decisions, wrong choices; choices that could likely have been avoided. In student affairs, we work with students every day who when faced with opportunities to self-regulate independence, do not have the experience or maturity to make wise decisions. Decisions that follow and frame their lives.
Sadly, I guess that is part of what keeps us in business.
Some choices we live not once but a thousand times over, remembering them for rest of our lives. ~Richard Bach