A few weeks ago, I made the trip back to my alma mater for the annual Alumni Weekend. Although it wasn't my first time going back to college since I had graduated, it was still a big deal to me. The building I had all my classes in got a complete remodel, the campus itself looked different and our favorite bar suddenly became the "hot spot" for the underclassmen. So many things were different and it felt weird.
During the drive there, I became incredibly nostalgic. I made this 2-hour drive every few weeks to and from college for holidays and special events. Every landmark had a certain meaning to me, like the yoga place, which meant I was 15 minutes away from the school. The drive itself reminded me of the songs that I would listen to on my "drive home" playlist. During my years at school, I didn't love the 2-hour drive- I saw it as a chore. But now I enjoyed the drive and relished in the nostalgic memories I was having. I missed this drive and the excitement of going home after a long month of tests and projects.
Another thing that I used to dislike during school but enjoyed now was walking around campus. I would always run into someone I didn't want to see or I'd have to walk alone awkwardly since I had class at a different time than my roommates. But now I missed it. I drive to work and don't have anywhere to walk to now. Dare I say I miss the mandatory exercise that included a mile-long walk to and from the buildings and a treacherous trip up and down the stairs to my dorm?
Although being back there made me wish I was still in college, living a more carefree life, there still were a few things that I noticed had changed for the worse. The main one was my ability to stay up late and go out to bars. By the time we were getting ready to get into a cab, I was ready to fall asleep. Although we all ended up having a great time that weekend, I learned that quite a few things had changed since college.