Column: Turning the tides

by Tyler Aragao

Mason Wickline was an average five year old kid.

Spending a summer day at a family friend’s house Wickline did was every kid does at a barbeque. Eat a lot of food and play with other kids. However, as the party wore on Wickline’s curiosity would get the better of him.

While walking through the crowd carrying a giant plastic tub of Cheetos, Wickline noticed the adults making their way towards a wooden dock where a boat bobbed alongside. Eager to see what the adults were up to Wickline walked towards the dock and subsequently the water.

While the adults were on the boat it suddenly happened, Wickline fell between the wooden dock and boat. In the blink of an eye he found himself under the boat and underwater.

Along with his tub of Cheetos, Wickline was trapped, trying desperately to get out. As Cheetos began to float up to the surface someone finally noticed. His mother’s friend dove into the water and pulled him out. Wickline was alright; however, the same could not be said for his tub of Cheetos, which perished.

Water became a scary place and a haunting memory. ” I stayed away from the water for a good while from what I can remember.. going to the beach and even to a friend’s pool became a not-so-fun time,” said Wickline.

However, in middle school he finally confronted his fear. In seventh grade he joined the swim team and swam until his sophomore year of high school.

Now at FPU, Wickline says he’s come to the conclusion that college and school aren’t for him and as a result he plans to enlist in the armed forces. His choice of service? The Navy

After being traumatized by water Wickline now wants a career on it. One could say, water the odds of that?

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