Appreciating campus

Appreciating campus

Jul 23
Ellen Reeder, Senior in ACES

It’s hard to believe that my internship with John Deere is more than half over. I really love what I’m doing and I know I’m not out in the ‘real world’ yet, but my experience this summer is definitely making the ‘real world’ seem a lot more welcoming.

This weekend, I was back on campus for Illinois Sights and Sounds video filming and for an orange and blue wedding. Being back on campus for the weekend made me a little giddy for my ‘last first day of class.’ It was pretty warm out, so it made me think of move-in day on my freshmen year and how nervous I was. Heading back for my senior year this fall is a little bit nostalgic, and I have my senior bucket list ready.

While attending the orange and blue wedding on Saturday, I realized that I’ve really only been in one church on campus. One of my new bucket list items is to attend every church on campus this year. I knocked two out this weekend and they were both gorgeous.

I also walked around the Quad on Saturday evening and I realized how much I take for granted the beautiful campus that we have. I think it’s one of those things that you don’t really appreciate until you’re gone for a little while. With all the hustle and bustle of classes, meetings, social events, etc., we sometimes get lost in our own world and forget all of the history and tradition that surrounds us.

As I walked around, I remembered building a snowman in a certain spot, falling on the ice in another, freezing on the front steps of Foellinger in line for The Other Guys Christmas concert, watching the Homecoming pep rally, and of course volunteering for student organizations at Quad Day.

There were quite a few alumni walking around the Quad after the wedding. I heard several of them say how much campus has changed and improved, but how much it has stayed the same. I think our own lives are very similar to the transformations campus has. When we leave Illinois, our lives are changed and improved, but still so much is the same.

As you head to campus this fall, take the time to appreciate what’s around you. The time will fly by faster than you think.


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