Driving back to Athens from Columbus tonight, I flashed back to when my ex-boyfriend and I drove down here spontaneously just four years ago. I snuck out of my house and told my mom I was going to Cincinnati with a friend when in reality, I was going to explore the wild, wonderful place that I was soon to call home.
Having only been to Athens one time before that, I was absolutely exhilarated knowing that this time I was going to be running around unrestrained from the bridle of authority that was my mother during the campus visit, and I was free to do whatever I wanted. What did I do?
I was introduced to Strouds Run and Dow Lake, and I went to the coffee shop I ended up working at for the majority of my time here for the first time. Then, six fest just ended; 11 Fest just ended a couple weeks ago. Then, I could get drunk off of three beers; now, you can hand me a bottle of champagne and several shots and I can keep going for hours. Then, I was coming down to this unfamiliar place knowing absolutely nobody; now, I am struggling to leave this all-too-familiar place with some of the best friends that I’ve ever met. Then, I was a crazy, naive 17-year-old; now, at 21, I have become more aware of the world and society, grown and matured as a person, and I cannot thank this place enough for assisting me in doing so. (And let’s be real, I’m still crazy.)
While I’m not technically graduating until May of next year, the class of 2013 is the class I came in with and I’m commuting from Columbus next year, so I’m feeling just as sentimental as those who are graduating and leaving this wonderful place. As much as I’ve complained about it, Athens will always hold a special place in my heart and words cannot describe how much I am going to miss it.
Things that say a lot about people:
- the way which they treat the waiter/waitress
- how they feel about the weather
- whether they dog ear pages or highlight in books
- and hands in general
- their preferred creative outlet
- how much they dread/enjoy talking on the phone
- whether or not they drink coffee
- if they ever forget to eat
- how honest they are with themselves (and others)
- if they correct your grammar
- how they treat their parents