This last weekend was my college’s 5th year reunion.
I didn’t go (mostly because it was held a few states away).
We’ll just forget for a second that 5 year reunions seem a bit excessive, and focus on the bigger scarier issue that I have been out of college for 5 years. I’m still in denial that I’m not 21 anymore. It was something I looked forward to for almost 19 years, and here we are, 5 years after the fact. Time is going by far too fast for comfort. (Also forgetting that my 10 year high school reunion is NEXT year. WHAT?)
Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to live in California. So, when it came to college time, I knew exactly where I was going.
The school I ended up at was Saint Mary’s College of California, a school of about 3000 undergraduates located 20 miles east of San Francisco. Most people have never heard of it, aside from our Australian dominated basketball team, the Gaels.
I really believe that every kid needs to get away from home for college. I was very fortunate to have parents who not only didn’t make college a choice, but also didn’t make going to our local school a choice. I know a lot of times the financial resources aren’t there, but having to basically start over in a place where I didn’t know anyone was probably just as valuable of a lesson as reading Machiavelli and discussing what Pythagoras was thinking when he came up with that theorem (SMC was a “liberal arts” college…we did a lot of discussing).
I made some wonderful friends and had some wonderful times out there. While there definitely are the future “real housewives” types with bleached blonde hair and more make-up products than I could ever imagine, I also met some of the most genuine and intelligent people, and I’m glad I got to spend 4 great years with them! I’m sad that we all live so far apart now, but I know I’ll always be able to consider my college buddies good friends!
I graduated in 2007 which you may remember as kind of a rocky time in the history of California economy. Plus, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I ended up coming home, and while I was pretty bummed initially, everything happens for a reason. Less than a year later, I met Aaron, and well, I think we all know how that turns out. And Albuquerque has been a decent place to start a career. Cost of living is low, there aren’t 400 people showing up for each job opening, and we’re near our families, which I think is important during the first few years of marriage.
But I will always look back at college as probably one of the best times of my life. And digging way back through all of those old facebook photos and reliving memories is pretty fun!
So, to the Saint Mary’s College class of 2007, hope these last 5 years have treated you well, and I hope you remember our time in school as fondly as I do!