Is it a figment of my imagination that I graduated college 25 years ago? I must have lost time somewhere. So joining our reunion committee was a big blast from the past!
On one hand, I feel like I was walking down the hallways of the girls’ freshman dorm just yesterday. Some memories are so very vivid. I remember throwing water balloons at unsuspecting suite-mates, having Melrose Place & F. R. I. E. N. D. S. watch parties, typing notes on my word processor, making 2am Waffle House runs, going to my first frat party, napping frequently during our 10am daily convocation time slot, trying to sneak extra cereal out of the cafeteria, dreading laundry days once a month & lugging my monstrous pile to the mat, using meal trays to slide down snowy hills, breaking into the boys’ dorm after hours, selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sports fundraisers, running the stairs of the football stadium to stay in shape, putting on the waist belts in our intramural flag football games, challenging the guys to smash them in racquetball games, spending lots of time in the training room getting ankles taped up prior to practices, getting excited for mail/care packages from my mom, wild bus trips after winning games, changing in the van between softball games heading to my tennis matches, practical jokes against hallmates, learning to cook in the dorm kitchen, decorating halls for Christmas contests, running to the library to get on the computer bank prior to midnight closing, dressing up for Halloween trick or treating, setting up the telescopes at the rooftop observatory for the best stargazing in the city….. I could keep going!
On the other hand, it feels like a lifetime ago. I keep up with a few close friends and the rest fade over time. Facebook has reignited some of those kinships, so that we can keep up with new additions to families, graduations, losses and life changes. We have now spent more time post college than we did leading up to our acceptance into our school of dreams.
College was where we learned what we were made of and helped shape our future. It was the beginning of whatever we wanted to become and launched us into the big, bad world. I now realize from organizing all our hall team outings that my gift has always been event planning and execution, and has forged me into 2 amazing careers!