So I’ve been seeing lots of familiar faces again, getting re-adjusted to life on campus again, but there was one moment that really made my day today and ironically it wasn’t from any reunion, but from an encounter with a total stranger.
A nice, elderly lady and I crossed paths, and she asked if I was faculty. I explained I wasn’t, but she said that I definitely looked like one.
As mundane as that seems, that really made my day. For once, I’m not looked down upon as some ordinary young person. Which in a way I still am, but just for a brief moment…I really did feel like the adult I want to be.
Thank you. It warms my heart.
First things first, I’ve gotten progressively worse at blogging about my life. Which is a rather mundane thing to be doing anyway. But I guess that goes to show just how busy I’ve gotten in the last 3 months.
To put things in haste, perspective, and context:
Last week I finished my second co-op job - a paid, full-time internship at a communications non-profit in Washington, D.C. Really cool time here. Since work ended, I’ve spent the last several days cleaning up the apartment and going sight-seeing. Oh, and I also got a haircut.
And now I’m waiting for my flight back to Ohio at Ronald Reagan International Airport, and I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to at least give some form of an update on my Tumblr about what I’m up to these days.
I’m gonna be taking not one, not two, but THREE political economy courses this spring, and I’m going to be serving on my college’s governance system again. And I’ll be applying for various internships for my third co-op (this fall, 2014).
And we’re getting closer and closer to the halfway point of my college career.
I have rather mixed feelings about going back to school and taking classes again. When you go on an Antioch co-op, you come back with a changed outlook on the world. You live a practically new lifestyle for 3 months, working full-time, learning how to survive and make ends meet with money and food, and it all seems like a really cool adventure. Adventure is really cool because you never really know what you might see, run into, or get to do.
But then…it’s another academic term again and you’re back into the zone of classes and studying, and you just can’t help but feel that you’re being held back again…
College is just gradually becoming more and more bittersweet to me.
Here’s to a refreshing spring 2014.
The sun falls to rise another day.
So I was on my way home from work today, waiting for my bus.
A nearby civilian - a genuinely nice guy - noticed the Antioch College insignia on my bag, and asked if I went there. I replied in kind, remarking that I in fact presently do go there.
The man actually grew up in Yellow Springs in the 60’s and 70’s.
And we had a good conversation on the bus ride about my co-op - past, present, and future.
And there was another man who joined the conversation, who had overheard about co-op and had also heard about Antioch’s reputation when he was growing up.
Here in Washington, D.C. where “prestigious” institutions like Georgetown, GW, American, Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins easily come out on top as the most familiar (and quite honestly most expected) colleges, it’s really cool to meet folks who also know about Antioch - that tiny gem of a liberal arts college in Ohio. I would not get that satisfaction if I was going anywhere else.
I guess sometimes it really does pay off, carrying around Antioch accessories and swag.
One month remains in my internship in D.C., and then it’s back to Ohio for the spring term.
I remember mine. He often called students “little ones,” especially the females in the class. Not exactly one of the least weird things to be said by a high school teacher to a bunch of 15- and 16-year-olds.
Last year, when I was interning in Manhattan, my supervisor, the Program Officer, would occasionally send me off on “missions,” which usually pertained to retrieving equipment at nearby offices, investigating mysteries in our shared drive or Filemaker database, or assisting in the pouring of champagne.
He was such a great guy.
Prior to that, he was the former Executive Director of Iraq Veterans against the Iraq War.
Last time we met, he was finishing his PhD in cultural anthropology.
So I recently took the Enneagram personality test, and I am a type 3, the Achiever. More precisely, a 3w4, the Professional.
The Enneagram Institute’s description of a Type 3:
Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.
Very me. Very much what I strive to be.
State of the Union bingo! (From the Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2014/01/28/state-of-the-union-bingo-for-2014/)
Motivation from the Twelfth Doctor AU:
Okay, first post of 2014. And I’m once again in the Eastern Time Zone. But more importantly, I’m currently in the Washington, D.C. area!
These last seven days have been quite an experience.
And thus begins the coverage of the adventure of my second Antioch co-op job.
To say “a lot has happened this year” would be a complete understatement.
This is the best year I’ve ever lived. Unlike any other. And I will not forget anything from this year, not one bit. Because I will always remember this year as the year I finally clicked into place in the world.
Hello! I apologize for not getting back to your message sooner.
The student body here at Antioch is, first and foremost, remarkably small. We’re currently less than 200 students. However, the atmosphere here on campus is really community-oriented. We have community governance, in which we have representation from students, faculty, and staff, in contrast to what you may be more familiar with as student governance at other institutions. The students have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, but lots invest so much time and effort in the endeavor that is the reopening of Antioch. Antioch admissions narratives would sway you into thinking that there is some sort of a “right-fit” student. The right-fit student is one that is willing to accept the challenges and frustrations at being at such a tiny, young college but also is willing to take the initiative on their own to address those challenges. It’s one thing to complain about not having enough classes, faculty, or resources, but it’s another thing entirely to take the initiative and pursue that, working with faculty and staff to implement change. And that opportunity to make a valued contribution is so unique here. For me, choosing Antioch over well-established, more “prestigious” universities was like choosing to do big, important things at a small college rather than to do small, unimportant things at a big college.
Hopefully that surmises as a description of my Antioch experience! I enjoy answering questions about Antioch on Tumblr! Feel free to send some more if you’d like!