It's already been 4 years?
I like to think of my past as a series of chapters in a book. Within the last 4 years I feel like I have completed 2 chapters: there is the time I had at MVC and the time I had at UCLA. When I was creating the outline for this posting I was stupefied by the outrageous amount of things I've done and learned in such a short period of time. Not all of it could fit in this post but I tried to talk about the highlights, here's the rundown:
Chapter I starts with MVC, my reintroduction to social interactions, education, and the professors who changed my life. Chapter II is about UCLA, the home I built without knowing it, the people who touched my life forever, and personal growth. Then the conclusion, which talks about the life lessons I gained from the past four years.
The other day I was walking around my old community college, trying to find my old professor's office, and thinking about beginning. The professor I was searching for, a Catholic Priest who specialized in World History, still had the same office and the same sign taped to the wall: "Dr. Gregory Elder Professor & Department Chair, Department of Alchemy". I feel like this is confirmation that he'll just always be there enthusiastically telling the story of how Caesar crossed the Rhine.
The professors I had here unknowingly changed the course of my life in grand ways.
My art teacher was one of the reasons I decided to go to Paris last summer; now I'm returning to Paris in September to pursue an M.A. in History and Literature.
My U.S. history teacher showed me that my voice mattered; now I believe her.
My english teacher was the first person to tell me my writing was good; now I pursue freelance writing.
My world history teacher was the reason I decided to be a history major; I wanted to tell stories like he did and see life the way he did.
My philosophy teacher was the first person to recommend I present at a conference. His course on the nature of evil and love showed me it was okay to ask questions I didn't know the answer; now I want to answer the hard questions.