Rather than go home to spend time with his friends and family who love him unconditionally, Tony Popper (FCLC ’21) decided to stay in the city for the summer.
“Sure, I would’ve liked to go home,” said Popper, “but I had a sick job offer for the summer, and I just couldn’t say ‘No,’ you know? Like, it’s New York City—I’m living in the place of my dreams.”
Popper worked as a Wag! dog walker, and lived in the McMahon dorm building with his three roommates: Michelangelo the theatre major, Miguel the theatre minor, and Marvin the musical theatre enthusiast. They were up all hours of the day and night in order to perfect their “craft.”
“I’m living my dream… I chose this life,” Popper continued, with a faraway glint in his eyes.
When asked what he did with his spare time, Popper explained that he liked to travel deep into the wilderness of Central Park where he “can sob in as close to solitude as one can get in New York City.” Then, the excited Popper exclaimed, he spent hours thinking about how he “never went on any Wag! walks, because if I’m being honest, I am kind of intimidated by dogs. Also, all of my friends were home in Westchester for the summer. Also, the Gilmore Girls reboot was such a letdown.”
“I’m good, I’m fine! Forreal, my dudes!” Popper exclaimed, even though no one asked.
Before publication, Popper checked with us multiple times to make sure that we had only read one dog-eared page of his journal that he sent us. It talks about how much he loved staying at Fordham for summer session. Each time Wag! is mention, more exclamation points follow. There are also small smears on the page that Popper insists are from “excitement tears.”
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