If there was one thing I loved about going to college on the east coast, it was the seasons and the scenery. I was fortunate enough to go to a school that sat on 3,200 acres of land, and had some of the best sunsets and clear blue skies I’ve ever seen. Some of the photos I’d take — with an iPhone no less — are simply breathtaking.
At least in my opinion.
Whenever I’d need to just get away and clear my head, I’d take a walk on what we called the “Dairy Loop,” which was a three mile trail through the woods, past the horse farms and old dairy farm, and back into campus. I ended up taking that walk almost every day after dinner and loved petting the horses. There was just something so relaxing about it all. It’s hard to get that same feeling back here in California.
I took the picture to the left on one of my walks in the early afternoon (no filter), as it just looked so beautiful. I’ve never seen weather like it anywhere else, and for that I’ll always love Sweet Briar’s campus.
As you can see, the seasons were just starting to change, and it wouldn’t be long before winter fully set in. We didn’t always get snow, and snow days were few and far between. But when it snowed, it snowed. I remember having to dig my car out after a particularly nasty storm left us snowed in for a few weeks. We got so stir crazy we ended up braving the weather just so we could get a bite to eat that wasn’t cafeteria food.
But when I would wake up on a quiet Saturday morning and look out my dorm room window, I was always comforted by the peace that seemed to take over the campus after a good snow. There’s no describing that feeling unless you’ve experienced it yourself.
Although not ideal, hearing about the weather on the East Coast brings back these memories for me. My friends and I would all bundle up on someone’s floor, bed, or couch and watch movies and drink hot beverages — usually infused with our favorite alcohol — and just spend the day together relaxing and taking a breath from our hectic schedules.
Most of my friends were from the East Coast and stayed in their respective states after graduation or went to grad schools around their hometowns. I can’t wait for the day when we can all get together again and catch up, as it’s been far too long since I’ve seen them. Some of us talk to each other regularly, but it’s hard being halfway around the world and involved in our own careers and goals.
But one day it will happen. With the way I travel for work, it’s only a matter of time before I’m in one of the states, at the same time as my friends. We all loved Sweet Briar for one thing or another, but there was always one thing we agreed upon. It was one of the most beautiful places we’ve had the pleasure of seeing.