Home Sweet Home, and a Brief Check In
As soon as I walked back onto the Clark campus, I felt like I had never left. Things jumped right back to where they left. This was probably assisted by the fact that all of my friends had arrived back on campus before I had. The sight of all the buildings was incredibly comforting for me; I was sad to leave home, but I immediately felt better as soon as I set foot on campus and saw all the familiar sights (kind of, it was really dark, but I knew they were there!) I was so caught up in the stresses of packing and traveling and losing my really engaging book in the train station that I didn’t realize how excited I was to come back to campus.
Part of me is excited to be back on campus because of the loving familiarity, but I’m also incredibly pumped for my classes this semester. Instead of taking classes an advisor suggested for me, like last semester, I’m taking classes that I picked myself in subject areas that I’m genuinely interested in. When we were going over the syllabus in my Environmental Science class, I was so excited that I almost cried. That sounds a little pathetic, I know, but it was at that moment that I realized I would no longer be stuck in a permanent academic limbo, always questioning my academic interests. And also, agricultural sustainability is really exciting, trust me.
Last semester, Becca wrote a blog post about this, and when I read it, I didn’t think it was possible. How could your class material possibly ever overlap, and could you really be extremely interested in what you’re learning about in class? I thought it was a myth, or an enigma. Well guess what, kiddies; it’s possible, and it’s happening to me. I could not be more thrilled. I actually want to go to class (even though I have 9 AM classes twice a week. Blargh.). Themes that we discussed in my Problems of Globalization class are appearing in my Comparative Politics, and theories mentioned in my American Cities class are central to issues in my Environmental Science class. I feel like my learning is finally comprehensive, rather than only for the purpose of completing a test. This is real life, adult learning.
The only downfall of my “adult learning” is that none of the textbooks have pictures.
In other news, as I walked through campus and when I enjoyed my breakfast this morning while watching Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with my friend Lloyd, I looked around and noticed a lot of slightly uncomfortable looking people with red folders, which only means one thing: prospective students! I would like to send out a great big congratulations to the newest students admitted to the Class of 2017. I strongly suggest that you come visit so you can experience the comfort and immense joy I feel while spending time on campus. For those of you who are still weighing your options or for high school juniors, a visit to Clark is definitely worth your time. I wasn’t sold on Clark until I stepped foot on campus, and when I did, I fell in love. Ever since the first time I came to Clark, every time I’ve come back to campus after being away, whether it be for a few hours or for a whole month, I’ve felt completely at home. It’s like I never left.