I suppose it would be more apropos to write my final blog post for insideColby on the day of graduation. However, final pay entries are tonight, so as Weezy says, I guess I have to let money talk for me*. Granted, I’ve written all that I could write about Colby so I guess I’ll just leave you all with a cliche list of things you should do at Colby. Sing! Run! Dance! Study! Eat in Foss!
All kidding aside, the one thing I wish I did more often was go to the Arboretum. Colby is a little bubble. It’s sort of just like a big prep school, which is great in some ways, but not great in others. One of those things is that you get stuck inside the day-to-day: study, eat, study, sleep, party or play sports, sleep, study, repeat.
There isn’t really a city nearby – going to Portland is pretty much infeasible when it’s an hour and half said and done. Therefore, you’re much more likely to go to Sugarloaf or just grab Chipotle at Augusta.
So if you’re nowhere near a city, how do you keep yourself refreshed and rejuvenated when the daily grind is so easy to get stuck in? Just wake up. Put on some sneakers. Go to the arboretum and marvel at pure nature. There are rivers and paths and streams and a little bog and a pine tree section and a section full of ferns and things growing and living on all of them, unless it’s the winter in which case you can stop by woods on a snowy evening. If you know it’s a full moon coming on, you can go into the central part of the arboretum and watch the moon rise above the patch in the trees the river has created and find yourself in a pitch black forest, suddenly illuminated.
I’ve had all these experiences and I wish I’d had more. You can always study. You can always have a drink. You will have time enough to hang out with your friends. So spend some time alone if you can because most likely you’ll be living with someone almost all the time, sharing the same bedroom, bathroom and study space for the next four years. Turns out alone time that isn’t studying time is as precious as all the NYT authors say it is, b/c college goes by oh so quickly!
So that’s it. I did everything I wanted to at Colby, I only wish I’d spent a bit more time wandering by myself in nature. And editing my insideColby blogs, but hey, you can’t have everything.
*Lil Wayne, world-renowned rapper