One of the most anticipated events of the semester took place in early November in the Swan auditorium.
Hilbert Reads, the annual campuswide collective reading event, welcomed author Craig Grossi, and his dog Fred, to Swan Auditorium where he spoke about his journey and message early this month..
Gross is the author of the book “Craig and Fred”, a story about how he found his dog, and how they rescued each other.
Those attending showed support for Grossi and his dog from the start, giving a round of applause and some cheers for Fred. It was a positive atmosphere filled with laughs, some tears, and a few naps from Fred. After telling his story, Grossi was welcoming to questions and said he was “most excited” to talk and answer questions for students.
Grossi was a marine and served in Afghanistan, and found Fred while deployed. In his books, he talks about his experiences while serving and the post-war struggles he faces. Fred taught Craig an important lesson, he said.
“We can find ways to wag our tails regardless of what we’re going through.”
Grossi preached “stubborn positivity” to the audience.
“It’s most important to focus on the bad, when you focus on the bad, you can find the good in it” he added.
Grossi ended off the night with a book signing, (Fred a paw signing) after answering numerous questions from the audience. Struggling with PTSD hasn’t been an easy road for him. Being able to talk to the youth and publish a book about them hasn’t felt “real” to him, he said.
One of the freshmen attending shared that it was an “inspirational” experience. Grossi “was open and honest about his experiences” using these experiences he “found strength to share his problems with others to help benefit and inspire them.”
He ended with a final takeaway to share with students.
“As humans, there is always a reason for us to be happy,” Grossi said. “It may just be difficult to find it sometimes.”