First of all, happy Stars Wars Day (see title). Today, the academic year is officially over! Commencement has begun and Bozeman traffic is subsequently bananas. Although Montanans don’t seem anxious to get out on the water in these temperatures, it is also the opening day of boating season. The point is there is a lot to celebrate. This is the time of transition.
For some students, that transition is graduation. They leave the safety of the university bubble and step out to face the grown up world armed with mortarboard and diploma. Congratulations to my lovely roommate, Emmy, who graduates this afternoon in Economics, and has successfully secured a banking job in town.
For some students, the transition is to a new home. Many leases end May 1st, and Bozeman is full of cars with mattresses haphazardly strapped to the roof, corners adorned with microwaves, and futons, couches, and armchairs arranged artfully in driveways. The indirect street corner/sidewalk barter system is well underway.
For others, the transition is going back to an old home. This weekend, Bozeman is full of cars packed full to bursting with clothes, shoes, skis, mini fridges, boots, backpacks, and books. The start of the summer months means a return to a hometown, an old job, and old friends for many, including myself. You CAN go home again, and as much as I love Bozeman, I am so excited to be heading back to the west coast.
For others still, the transition is an internship. My other roommate, Alissa, was awarded a prestigious research internship at the University of Washington this summer. She will live and work in a new city, with new people, and learn a new skill. Her work experience and resume will expand, and she gets to hang out in my fair city during the most beautiful time of year.
Some transitions are not as obvious. We make small transitions everyday. Being an upperclassman is a transition. Ending a year in the dorms is a transition. Deciding you are going to eat healthy this summer is a transition, and some transitions are even smaller than this. However, this time of the year is special for students, because the advent of so many changes for ourselves and those around us gives us an excuse to reflect on the ways our lives have changed over the last year, and how we plan to better and change ourselves in the months to come.
Happy summer to all, and I’ll see you next year!