Thursday, June 14, 2007

My Alma Mater Is Closing

I attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio for four years and graduated a very proud receiver of their degree. I received an email yesterday from the Alumni Association stating that Antioch College will be closed effective July 2008 with plans to reopen in 2012 due to insufficient funding.

Now, what does one do when their college they graduated from goes under? I suppose I should secure my transcripts in case I ever need them.... (?). I learned a remarkable amount and grew up so much, both intellectually and personally. I learned how to really stand up to my beliefs and feel like I was being heard. It was a time of reflection, new perspectives, opening my mind and making interesting friends.

If you don't know Antioch, I shall shed a bit of light. Total student admission at one time was 650 students. Class sizes were small and almost everyone was a free spirited bell wearing hippies. (I shaved my legs, unlike the majority of women there, and I didn't wear bells and patchoulli or hugged trees.) Generally a "conformist individuality" mentality and stringently politically correct.

It's not empty yet, and maybe I should see it one last time before they shut their doors. Yellow Springs and Antioch will always have a place in my heart.


Henna said...

I read about this in the NYT and it's nice to get the perspective of someone who actually went there! Good luck securing the transcripts and all!

P.S. I really like this blog! It's a mix of everything but it's interesting. Keep it up! :)

mama di said...

It's really nice to hear you speak of Antioch with such affection. I never doubted you'd love it. Your ex hippy Mom