My time capsule of Emory recommendations:
(i) Falafel King
For the love of God, go to Falafel King, and order yourself a Mixed Sandwich. Its combination of shawarma and falafel has the savory power to short-circuit your taste buds. I have turned this experience into a near ritual every Saturday of senior year as a reward for a hard week’s work. I know that after reading this recommendation, you are probably thinking one of two things: (i) no, this random senior I don’t know can’t be serious (ii) this guy knows what he is talking about; he has tasted from the forbidden sandwich of the almighty Falafel King. I can assure you that the truth is the unsolicited latter.
(ii) Danger, Will Robinson
I will no doubt generate hate in the comment section of the Wheel website for what I am about to propose, but remember what got you here. Living a lifestyle where Animal House meets Jersey Shore meets Teen Mom is a perfectly acceptable life decision, but do bear in mind that the Revenge of the Nerds sequel was in fact (supposed to be) filmed here. I have no qualms choosing to embrace that. There is a diversity of options available to each reader of this article about how to mold their undergrad lifestyle, but my word of wisdom as both an RA (that’s right) and an Emory alum is to not feel peer pressured to the point that when you look in the mirror, you don’t recognize who you are staring at. To the anonymous internet commenters in the blogosphere: ‘Come at Me Bro’.
(iii) Study Abroad, Study Here, Study Everywhere
Emory serves as an incubator for your mind to explore and discover itself, whether that be in Atlanta, across an Ocean, or wherever you may find yourself in the future. If you turn on CNN, or Fox News, or your favorite entertainment news station, you may have noticed that there are some pretty serious problems going on right now globally and domestically, in between Kim Kardashian news bulletins. Whether it be a desire to fix the economy, fix political discourse, or fix your pet a la Bob Barker, don’t be afraid to create an innovative solution to a problem on a grand scale and pursue it fully. Even if you fail, at least you tried. That’s more than can be said for many politicians these days. As a shameless plug, consider participating in either Emory’s European Politics Summer Program in Berlin or Emory’s German Studies Program in Vienna. If you like Falafel King, this transports you to the holy land of the Döner Kebab.
(iv) Stop Dreaming About Your Dreams, Pursue Them
For parents who are reading this article and are curious about what this random graduating student named Scott is up to in the future, here are my plans. This summer, I will be interning in my hometown with both the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and the European Union Center of Excellence/European Studies Center (EUCE/ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh. This Fall, I will be pursuing an M.Litt (and potentially a subsequent PhD) in Modern History at the University of St Andrews. The point of this is not to expose my inner European Union politics geek or tuba playing nerd, or even to invite you to a post-graduation afterparty. There are 1200 other graduating students with equally impressive and random accomplishments, who are most certainly hosting better afterparties. My main point is that my above plans sum up what I am passionate about. Passionate meaning that I don’t need a life syllabus telling me to pursue it. To underclassmen, there are opportunities such as these for you to pursue that gets your adrenaline pumping at 2am in the morning. Whether that is working at a nightclub or working at a museum, create your own opportunities and chase them to get the most out of life.
(v) Get lost in the library
Go to a random section, pick a random book, and relive the classic '90s flick “Pagemaster”.
Scott Schorr graduated from the College in May 2012.