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A Special Letter to the Editor: An Alumni Returns Home

Gabby DeMarchi
Former Editor-In-Chief


Gabby_headA few days back, I was texting with one my best friends from Springfield College.

“I don’t know how I feel about going back,” she said.

“Me neither,” I agreed. “I think I’m going to hate it just as much as I love it.”

I think every recent graduate can completely understand what I’m saying.

As I count down the days until I return to SC, I am jumping out of my skin. I’ll be back in college! Back to the days of skipping class if I was too tired to go, laughing until I couldn’t breathe with roommates, and always having something fun to do on Friday and Saturday nights. Oh, the good life, the life I so wish I still had.

While not everything has changed since I’ve graduated this past May, on a regular basis, I still need to remind myself that I am no longer in college. What an interesting transition it has been. I don’t think anyone can properly prepare you for the sudden lack of structure and education in your life; you just need to experience it for yourself and accept the drastic and terrifying change.

While I am more than overjoyed to be going back to Alden Street tomorrow, I can honestly say I’m scared half to death as well. I’ve had friends from home go to their homecoming weekends already. They’re all excited to be in college again, just like me. When they come back, they seem stunned.

“It felt so weird being on campus again,” one said.

“I felt so old,” explained another.

“I felt like I didn’t belong there,” said someone else.

While I am afraid of this exact phenomenon happening to me, the more I think about it, the more I don’t think it will pan out this way.

Springfield College is an amazing place. While the physical place of SC will always hold a special place in my heart, it isn’t the campus that makes Springfield College, Springfield College. It is the people and the memories that you made with them that make this place so special.

I am privileged to be able to see so many people this upcoming weekend that have affected me positively thorughout my four years spent at Springfield. These people are the ones who made SC, SC for me. These people are Springfield College, and I am so thankful for them.

You know that Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song that goes, “Home is wherever I’m with you?” That is exactly how I feel about the people I have had the privilege to cross paths with at Springfield. While I will probably feel 100 percent uncomfortable being on campus and no longer being a student, it doesn’t matter. As long as I have my people with me that made my time at SC as magical as it was, everything is going to be A-OK.

I’m certainly going to love my time there, and I know it. Is it even possible to hate anything while at Springfield College?

Here’s to making more marvelous memories on Alden Street.

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