All my graduation money went to paying for bartending classes so I could have a side gig. I bartended for two months before I was supposed to move to New York and then two months later I got the job as an understudy in 'Sister Act' and haven't looked back since.
At the end of four years' time at graduation we were down to 12. At our reunion that we had several years ago only 1 out of the 52 actually made it to ordination and priesthood. So there you go there's your numbers.
Americans in particular are myopic. They're not traveling as much. When you were a college student the next thing you would do on graduation was to take a year off and travel. That's what I did. I went to Indonesia.
I thought I should go to New York because it was the place to go to study. I went and tried to get an application from the Juilliard School but they wouldn't even give me one because I didn't have my high school graduation.
I was on the yearbook staff so I would take out film cameras and Nikons and take photos around school and at sporting events and things like that. We had a darkroom as well. I just loved it. I also saved up for a video camera to video my friends and cut and paste the videos together and I gave them to all of my friends for graduation.