The reality of time hit when we returned for our final semester at Middlebury after February break.
I spent my break with eight wonderful friends from Middlebury, on a road trip from here to Savannah, Georgia. Six of those eight friends had just graduated as Febs, and the other two and I flew back to campus for the spring semester while the graduates continued the adventure and drove to San Francisco, California.
Watching the Febs graduate and then returning to campus without them made me truly acknowledge that this is our last semester. In the first week, my friends and I threw a potluck, went for walks, and talked about everything we want to make sure to do before we leave the utopia that is Middlebury College. Sure, there are stresses here at times, and yes, not everything is always perfect, but it is hard to complain about life here.
So I will use this week’s blog post to list my favorite aspects about this college — both the deeply meaningful and trivially glorious things — that I want to appreciate at all times for the next four months before graduation:
- Professors who take the time to get to know us, and remember our names.
- The beauty of Vermont in all seasons.
- Our amazing dining hall food and friendly staff.
- The beautiful, comfortable, and clean dorms.
- The ability to take courses in completely new areas while still deeply focusing on my major.
- Constantly meeting new and wonderful people who are passionate.
- Dance parties whenever we want.
- Cross country skiing around the golf course or at Bread Loaf.
- Singing with the Mischords (my a cappella group).
- Having someone willing to go on an adventure with me at any time.
- Hiking around Vermont.
- Apple picking in the fall.
- The Middlebury farmer’s market.
- The friendly businesses around town who remember us.
- Good Vermont cheeses.
- Road biking on sunny days.
- Running with friends around the golf course.
- Having amazing speakers and events available to me for free all of the time.
- Fresh air.
- The diversity of interests that my friends have.
- The cool accomplishments that people have made.
- The potential to get on board with a project anytime.
- Free dance and yoga classes.
- Subsidized music lessons.
- Hanging out on the lawn with friends in the spring.
- Learning a new language with an enthusiastic professor who is a native speaker of that language.
- Making brunch with friends on the weekends.
- Themes parties for no good reason other than to have a theme.
- The variety of activities that I get to participate in every day.