We had our spring break this year the second week in March which is a bit early for many breaks, but it was nice none the less. I have never really had a spring break before. I mean yes I have had a week off from classes like everyone else, but I have never left town or gone to a far away destination. However, this year I finally had a story book spring break. I had the amazing opportunity to go to Boston, Mass. for the entire week.
This wonderful human being, my friend Kelly, is who I went to visit. She is my best friend and I hadn’t seen her in a year and a half. The story is that I had spring break plans for months; I was going on a service project to a town in Montana. However, my plan fell through at the last minute. So only one week before break I rashly bought a ticket to Boston to go see Kelly. You may be wondering how this post has anything to do with my life at MSU. This post is about being you and being in college: new experiences.
I had only flown once before to DC my junior year of High School. I have never been outside the northwest except to DC. I grew up in a town of 300, so a city is a huge culture shock to me. I will admit that I was scared. My trip to Boston was incredible, I got to feel and experience so many new things. For example, I have never seen such contrast in history. The picture above is of the original Boston city hall, and it is surrounded by all those towering new skyscrapers. This blew my mind in the beauty of how rapidly the world we lives in changes.
My friend lived in Somerville, Mass. so how I got to the train every morning, to take it into the city, was to walk on this sidewalk. This sidewalk is in Harvard Yard, that’s right I walked through Harvard multiple times a day. I got to walk through Harvard! I hope you are grasping the reality of the situation. I have dreamt of laying my eyes on Harvard my entire life and then I got to see it everyday for a week.
I have only seen the ocean twice in my life. Once in Washington and the other time in California. From this picture, the city is ahead of me and behind me is the Harbor. That means I was at the edge of the United States, the only thing between Europe and myself was water. It was so beautiful. What was also intriguing was that person sitting on that bench. Every time I went down to the water there was always someone just like them pondering their thoughts and staring into the bay. I wonder how many life struggles have been solved on these benches.
This building is the setting for my favorite TV show “Boston Legal.” It took me a minute to find it. The day before I found it I had actually walked right by in and admired it with out realizing what it was and how incredible it is. This transpired upon returning to Bozeman. After being away for one week, the first time I was on campus again I looked at Cobleigh Hall and it looked more beautiful then ever, I walk through it everyday.
Kelly and I went to the Museum of Fine Arts; I can count on one hand how many museums I have been to. It was so huge and spectacular. I saw a Monet and Van Gogh in person. I didn’t think I would ever see art that beautiful first hand with my own two eyes. There was also all of this ancient art as well as Kelly exhibits above.
Here I am eating a cannoli. I had never had the pleasure of enjoying one of these incredible creations before and it was incredible! I mean literally the best thing I have ever had in my life. After the first one I couldn’t stop, I ate a bunch all week. A cannoli is something we just don’t have very frequently in Montana, if at all so it was quite the treat!
So moral of the story. College is about trying new things and exploring who we are right? Right. I would have never gotten to experience any of these great things had I not taken a leap of faith and gotten on that plane, which I didn’t want to do because flying used to terrify me. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to try and find my bearing again while being lost in the city.
In reflection I would not have had any of the great times in college unless I had taken the leaps of faith and pushed through my fear and put myself out there.
“Always do what you are afraid to do.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson