Consider that one's time at college may spread across 4 to 7 years or more of a lifespan that has only reached 18 to 25 years, and thus constitutes one-third or more of a person's awareness and maturation. Consider also that college life usually coincides with times of serious choices and decisions: who am I? what am I capable of? who do I want to be? what do I want to do or achieve with my life? who do I want to be with? where will I go? of what will my days and nights consist? what kind of future will I have? Consider that when one is in college, one usually has the energy, stamina, malleability and curiosity to openly partake of what the world has to offer. Finally, consider that a college life in many campus settings is often a roiling, simmering melting pot of new names, faces, ages, personalities, thoughts, ideas, languages, cultures, musics, foods, entertainments, and experiences. For all of these considerations, I think college life can be — and, for many people, is — the most important time period of all for shaping the future and direction of their life.