Appreciating the Unexpected Moments: A Lesson Learned from Handing Out Free Chick-fil-A

by The Cowl Editor on October 10, 2019

Editor's Column

by Katherine Torok ’20

Associate Editor-in-Chief

Before the Men’s Ice Hockey game on Oct. 5, my friend Veronica Bohl ’20 and I were suddenly put in charge of distributing Chick-fil-A sandwiches to all students who were attending the game. Neither of us planned on doing this, but we shortly found ourselves surrounded by hundreds of chicken sandwiches and a box of Chick-fil-A sauce.

After an hour of practically begging people to take at least three sandwiches, we successfully got rid of all the sandwiches before puck drop. We still don’t really understand how we were roped into doing it, but it’s a small memory I will have a hard time forgetting—especially when I pass the Calabria Pavilion of Champions outside Schneider Arena or eat Chick-fil-A.

These seemingly small memories end up being some of my favorite. They turn into the stories I tell at family parties and inside jokes with friends. 

While I’m excited for all the bigger senior year events such as Senior Ring Weekend, our senior year is not defined by a particular group of events that we’ve been waiting for since our freshman year. But don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for SRW (I’ve had my dress since May).

Senior year is a whole mishmash of unexpected events and long-awaited occasions: weekend bonfires with friends, SRW, Late Night Madness, spontaneous trips to the beach, constant excursions to Thayer Street for food because you don’t want to be an ‘adult’ and cook dinner, and handing out Chick-fil-A at hockey games.

While I’m excited for everything that will happen throughout senior year, I don’t have any expectations. I’ve learned over the years that having high expectations for certain events oftentimes backfires, which has left me feeling unsatisfied or disappointed. Thus, I’m living an expectation-less year. 

I want my final months at Providence College to be filled with a hodgepodge of memories both big and small, with no disappointment and regret. Having no expectations doesn’t mean you’re not excited for something, but rather that you want to enjoy the entirety of the event without any limitations.