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February 10, 2013

Google SnowView

Pictured: Clark’s Campus, Not Today.

I think that if Google Maps wanted to, they could construct a pretty comprehensive StreetView of Clark’s campus right now, using only photos that have appeared on my newsfeed in the last 24 hours.  It seems like everyone on campus has reacted to the snow in exactly the same way: by taking pictures of it.

I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s a very different experience studying abroad in the Facebook era.  This weekend has been an excellent example of how oddly connected and disconnected of an experience it is.  But it has reminded me of one of the thing’s I like most about Clark: its campus.

That may sound like an odd thing to say; there are certainly plenty of campuses prettier than Clark’s.  But Clark has a special sense of movement and of dynamism that I really like.  Every year that I’ve been on campus, some part of it has been rebuilt or renovated, always for the better.  What was already a fairly comprehensive whole before I left has been transformed into a truly connected campus with the Johnson-Sanford renovations to the Fuller Quad.  Honestly, they look superb.

On days like today, when there are tons of pictures of campus blowing up my news feed, I certainly miss it.  I’ll enjoy coming back.

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