College Flashback

November 8, 2011 at 7:39 am | Posted in Life and Living | Leave a comment
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in front of my first apartment

This past weekend was a blast from the past, with a touch of the future.  After picking out my bridesmaid dress for one of my former college roommate’s weddings, we went for breakfast and mimosas, and went on to spend the rest of this carefree day lying around on the couch watching Dazed and Confused, until the night brought out more college friends for some good old fashion fun.

To complete the college flashback, on the way home I took an impromptu detour to visit my alma mater, something that was long overdue.  I had originally planned to visit during my summer vacation but time got away from me as it often does.

I believe it’s been six years since I paid a visit to the old town, and it was important to me to take this trip down memory lane and to show this piece of my past to my future husband.  I wanted to see what has changed, what has stayed the same.  I drove past my old dorms, my first apartment, my part time job.  We walked through town as I pointed out some of the things I remembered that were still there, and mourned the closing of my favorite bar.  We walked the campus and the historic cemetery.  I remembered the routes I would walk on thirsty Thursdays, the people I met, the friends I made, the memories I had made.  It was really overwhelming and altogether exciting.  Walking the campus I remembered how as a freshman I felt the campus was so big, and how by the end of sophomore year, had small it had gotten.  This time, it felt big all over again, but it was more a slice of the world separated from reality, and with all the good memories and the bad, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would not have traded the experience for anything.  I am a proud alum.

Because for this short period of time, this bridge between high school and real life responsibility, I had a really good time.  I was out on my own, amongst thousands of people my age, all without a clue of what the world was really all about, though some of us thought we had it all figured out.  If you asked me today what lessons from my college classes really stuck with me from the 30 or so courses I took in 3 years, those lessons are few and far between.  Sure, every so often I will call upon a lesson from my Bio of Cancer and AIDS class, or the critiques in my writing classes, but what I really learned in college was a greater sense of who I was and what I wanted from life.

It had been six years since I revisited this important piece of my past, but I’m so glad I went back.  Sometimes a visit to the past can help refocus your future.

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