I spent the day in classrooms and lecture halls at Columbia University, strolling to and from the different courses across the open-air campus. Every chance I got to enjoy the clear skies and early-spring air, I took full advantage of. I chose the place where we dined for lunch based solely on the fact that it had an outdoor seating area, ignoring the prices and the type of food we were eating. Luckily for me, it was a French restaurant, but was a bit pricier than I would have liked. Whatever, I can treat myself every now and then. Even the train ride home, which was taken up by a heated discussion about what changes to make to our paper and how it stacked up to the others that we had seen at the convention, was graced with the yellow warmth of the late afternoon sun. I spent the initial time after the departure staring blankly out the window at the New York/North Jersey skyline, which looked particularly pretty in the afternoon light. When I arrived home, I found my recently-retired father relaxing on the porch, sharing a laugh with our neighbor who was also enjoying the weather from his porch swing. My windows have been wide open all day to let the breeze in, and it’s almost 7 and the sun is still out. Spring is so close! I’m not even worried about all the Huck Finn notes I need to take tomorrow or the AP prep I need to finish or the math that I’m missing, because all that matters is that I’m much more content with life than I have been in months.
And that’s just the weather–Columbia was of course, beautiful and made me want to go there even more than I already did. Even though I got a text message from Milo gushing about UChicago, this university is still top choice. Sigh. I also learned a lot this year. The CSPA always makes me want to dive right into production and do amazing things with the features and layouts, but I attended two lectures on writing and getting published which made me want to work on my writing more than I ever have before. And I still have another whole day of fun tomorrow-I’m doubly excited. I’ve forgotten how much I love Tower/Columbia/This convention. The only problem is, I kind of don’t want to go to class tomorrow. I kind of just want to lay on the grass behind Butler library, sunbathing the whole day through.