David Foster Wallace gave what is now considered the G.O.A.T commencement speech to the Class of 2005 at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Derek Foret, a member of the Class of 2017, was gifted the speech by the Kenyon Admissions Office shortly before accepting his offer to attend. He read it twice in full: on his way home from his overnight visit and a few days after graduating.

Derek sees This Is Water as both a bookend to his time at Kenyon and extremely relevant to his time spent there. This Is This Is Water is meant as both a reflection on and furtherance of his collegiate education.

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