June 11, 2011 - 3:00 AM
My brain is a little fried this week from finishing finals and running around trying to get everything ready for graduation. Therefore, I apologize for my somewhat generic blogs. My mind is just incapable of being creative right now and my energy level is plummeting. Next week, my last week of blogging, I promise to go out with more pizzazz. Anyway, I figured in this post I would explore three things about Eugene and/or college that I will miss and three things that I will not. They are not ranked and there are dozens of other things in addition to them. These three are merely what happen to come into my mind while I write this. Here goes!
Three Things I Will Miss About Eugene/College:
CAFÉ YUMM: I have come to love and rely on the tastiness of Café Yumm quite a bit during my time in Eugene. Its healthy convenience has nourished my soul since the very first time I walked through its doors. I am utterly attached. How can I live without Yumm sauce in my life? Café Yumm also sells a variety of Columbia Gorge juices, which are insanely delicious and soul satisfying. I honestly just can't think about this anymore right now. I'm getting too verklempt. I suppose all I can do is eat as many Yumm Bowls as I can before I must leave them as a fond memory. Someday, I will return!
CAMPUS CHARACTERS: Oh, there are so many. I am quite fond of observing people and I must say that the University of Oregon campus and, let's be honest, the Eugene community in general, is an excellent environment in which to observe. The Alliance of Happy Atheists versus the yelling Jesus dude who tells us we are all sinners? A classic spring term afternoon! The Music Man and his melodious songs on the recorder? His memory shall forever live on. The PPPM students battling their hearts out for bottle bans and bike rights? The world is a better place for them. In short, I have quite enjoyed the insanity of those around me. I salute them in their pursuits and I join them in their character!
BABY DUCKS AND GEESE: Alton Baker Park, first couple weeks of May, so much cuteness! These baby birds bring so much joy to my spring each year. I always look forward to going and seeing them peeping about in the endless fields of daisies.
Three Things I Will NOT Miss About Eugene/College:
HOMEWORK: A cliché answer? Yes. But, nevertheless, true? Yes. I can't remember a time when I wasn't thinking about something that I should be working on. Even last summer I couldn't just relax because the thought that I should be working on my thesis was always in the back of my head. I learned a lot from many of my homework assignments, but I will not shed a tear for no longer having them. I can set my mind free at nights now. I can do reading just for fun now! Oh, it will be glorious.
CITY OF EUGENE & UNIVERSITY OF OREGON PARKING TICKETS: At various points in time I have wondered just how much money I have spent on paying parking tickets during my five years in Eugene. I am now officially at a point where I do not wish to know this because of how sad the reality will make me. From here on out, I would like to describe my tickets as donations to the institutions and just hope that they have helped goodness happen throughout our community. The end.
MY INNER RAGE OVER ACADEMICS VS. ATHLETICS FUNDING: Ok, time to be honest - this rage is clearly not going to go away. However, it will be nice to no longer have it so blatantly screaming in my face every day. I sincerely hope that as an alumna I will never get a call from the University asking me to donate to the athletic department. I regret to say that I will have to hang up the phone. On the other hand, I will always happily answer the phone for calls about academic donations and, someday (when I'm making more than $12,000 per year working as a professional volunteer, while also trying to afford my unreasonable rent in whatever city it may be), I will gladly donate to the academics that truly shape what the University should be about.