Whenever you hear the age-old motto “Wabash Always Fights,” what comes to mind? For me, it had become a pitch, just something I would write or say out of a feeling of school pride.
This past week has taught me differently what that means. This past week, one of our Wabash Chapel Talks featured Dr. Laura Wysocki, one of our professor’s in the chemistry department. She suffers from fibromyalgia, a debilitating that causes body-wide pain in the joints for extended periods of time. It usually occurs in older women, but she was diagnosed with it at the age of 15. Her drive and determination to struggle to get a PhD in chemistry showed me that for her, Wabash Always Fights put on a different meaning. Those words changed for me that day.
In addition, the basketball team, underdogs both against DePauw and #8 nationally ranked Wooster that week, surprised everyone by beating out both teams in the final minutes of the games. It was crazy to watch, and I am proud of the team for putting in such a strong effort. Even when they were down in both first halves, they “fought” on and won.
Struggling through life is normal, but if you have something to fall back on when you need it, like Wabash, the phrase “Wabash Always Fights” can not only a serve as a source of pride, but it can give a sense of belonging and self-worth that not many other schools can give.