Nate Carrol was awarded the William K. Weaver, Jr. Excellence Award, the university’s highest honor for a graduating male, at the May 2019 commencement. Here is Nate’s story:
In the Fall, I will be attending Boston College (in Boston, MA, not to be redundant) pursuing an M.A. in Philosophy. My aspirations thereafter will be to pursue a Ph.D. and hopefully afterwards to teach philosophy.
People always told me graduating would be bittersweet, and for the first day after graduating, I thought they were wrong. Now, I look back and I realize how much the people at the University of Mobile have meant to me. Countless names and memories flood my mind when I think about the past few years. Bonfires, four years of Goodwill Gala, Waffle House and Whataburger trips, conversations about life in professors’ offices, late night paper-writing and finals week studying. These are years I will never forget.
Through all those memories, one thing stands out about Mobile. It is not the programs, the classes, the activities; none of those things are at the forefront. It is the people. My applications to graduate programs happened in part because I was encouraged to apply by close counsel from Dr. Mashburn, Kyle Beshears, and other mentors for the past two years. The skills needed to write those applications were also trained in class and out by those same mentors. Beyond my career, though, this school is full of people who have cared for me personally in the best of times and the worst of times.
As I leave this place that has become home over the past four years, I feel anxious but ready for the rest of life. I have been built up intellectually and spiritually to face an ever-increasingly hostile world. I have been encouraged to love those around me, regardless of their background or worldview. I have holistically been bettered through my time here. I truly not only know more about the world around me, but I can say that I have made progress in the pursuit of obeying the philosophical charge made centuries ago, “Know thyself.” Moving on into a new phase of life, I depart with a greater understanding of myself, a deeper knowledge of the world around me, and a commission as I go to share the Good News which I have found.
To all those I leave behind here, may the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you. May he be gracious to you. May he lift up his countenance upon you, and may he give you his peace, the shalom of God, as you go. Soli Deo Gloria.