In thinking back to where I was when I started the University… oh, goodness! I’ve come a long way! I am very grateful for where I am presently. Of course, as the rest of my blog attests, I have been busy with extracurricular personal growth work. But back to UVa!
The Grounds are by far some of the most beautiful in the country, having lived in and around Charlottesville for most of my life, unfortunately I take the rolling hills, pristine gardens, dogwoods and the Greco-Roman / Southern architecture for granted. Wandering toward the Darden School of Business will make the viewer think they had somehow transported to a beautiful school in the deep South, while the stoic and reserved Law School speaks volumes with its practical, functional architecture. And the new South Lawn walkway and commons are just an extraordinary phenomena – sitting in that plush, deep grass, you forget you are sitting above a busy road below (until an ambulance happens by).
Being someone who started out very alternative and had difficulty fitting in to the mainstream-seeming crowd of students, it has been a social education of sorts as well, which I guess is to be expected. But I have also made strides in this regard – personally, I feel that the empirical push of psychology did the most good for me in this area.
And then I remember I am graduating in less than a month… bittersweet to be sure. New beginnings and necessary completions, what life is all about. I am ready though. This is the right time.
While the timing is perfect, I will still miss some of the temporary friends I have made here, and once I start my life… I will miss Charlottesville as well. Yep – I’m graduating, but I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Seriously – I have narrowed it down to be sure. So, I will keep you updated.