I have been thinking about this Wednesday Wanderings for a while now. I knew I wanted to make a trip up to Ames to see the colors on campus once they started to change. It’s been a long time since I have walked around Iowa State – a long time.
The fall colors are starting to make an appearance – just in time for Homecoming festivities to begin. The more I looked around, the more I found hints of cardinal and gold.
I reminisced as I passed by familiar places, and laughed at how unfamiliar some of the places now felt. There are new buildings where parking lots once were. There is now grass where buildings once stood. However, it is still almost impossible to find a good parking spot anywhere near campus – some things never change.
I saw some gorgeous light as I explored – making our already beautiful campus even more stunning.
I saw some really great art by Mother Nature. She seems to have the same old tricks up her sleeve, yet we are surprised by them every single year. For example, just turning half of this leaf red. Love it.
I also revisited some of my old stomping grounds. First up is The College of Design:
Helser Hall (Fleming was my floor) was the dorm I lived in freshman and sophomore years:
Just across the street from Helser is Friley – one of the largest residence halls in the nation (also where our dining hall was located):
A few things came to mind while I was soaking in all of this beauty. Wearing bib overall shorts in my college ID photo isn’t as out of style as I had originally thought – man there are some crazy fashion trends happening right now! The MU still smells the exact same. Yes, I walked around the zodiac. And yes, there was a huge line at Panda Express. Ha! In all seriousness though, I am so thankful to have gone through college in a time of hardly any cell phones and zero social media. I see the majority of the students with headphones in their ears, and their faces in their screens. It makes me sad.
I once had a friend challenge me to try and NOT smile or say hi to just one person as we walked to class. It was impossible. I smiled and said hello to everyone. I became friends with people just from passing them over and over again on campus. I admired the beauty of our campus between each class (unless my arms were SO full of art supplies that I wasn’t able to see straight). I’m not saying every single person is missing the point, but I think most of them are. I found myself wanting to say hello to people as I was walking around with my camera. Two people! There were actually two people who smiled and said hello to me. Not bad – out of a few hundred or so. This would be my advice to the others:
Look up! Smile at a stranger! Slow down and breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy this time you have at college. It doesn’t last forever (although you will wish it did, and some of you might even try to make it last that long).
These are things we can all do more of, but I really encourage the students to let the breeze blow on their face, rather than having it stuck in a screen. This time of their life is so wonderful – I hope they keep their chins up and enjoy it. Social media will be there after they are done with school.
Do you have any advice for a current college student?