Now that the fall semester is coming to a close, I think it's safe to say that the Veritas program has very much met the expectations I had coming into the Mount. Actually, it's exceeded them. In a span of just a few months I've read all kinds of literature, discussed tons of themes, met new people and even learned things about myself along the way.

Not to say that it hasn't been challenging. I've already lost count of all the essays and journals I've had to write for the Symposium this semester, and don't even get me started on all that reading. But it was all worth it in the end. So far, the Veritas program has prepared me to have in-depth conversations and understand things that will affect me in so many ways, even outside of the classroom. Most importantly, it's prepared me to become a responsible member of the global community.

A huge misconception that people seem to have about teenagers and young adults is that we're not capable of thinking philosophically. That we don't ever wonder about the universe, or that we never question the world or what makes it tick. Well, we do, and we do it a lot. Unfortunately, we're underestimated because society seems convinced that we're too preoccupied with parties and social trivialities to think deeply about anything. I'm glad that the Mount didn't subscribe to this belief. I'm glad that it saw the potential young adults like us have, and gave us an outlet to express ourselves and expand both spiritually and mentally. That's what the Veritas program is all about, really-- giving an opportunity for students like us to ask and answer questions about what our purposes are, what we need to know about the world, and what it truly means to be human.