Saturday, September 04, 2004

College Arrivals...

The Greater Boston area contains some 30+ institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities). Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Northeastern and Boston University being some of the largest and most famous. There's a host of others... UMass/Boston, Emerson, Leslie, Brandeis, Bentley, Babson (who own 2 of my paintings), Wellesley, MassArt (my alma mater), Museum School.... it goes on and on...
So, as the school year starts in September... we get an influx of students. New, freshmen and those upper classmen who return from wherever it is they go for the summer. The cusp of August and September is the traditional moving time... (book well ahead if you want to rent a truck). Needless, to say, this screws up traffic in the whole city, with newcomers not knowing where they're going, double parked trucks and anxious parents kissing their young scholars goodbye for the semester. It's also traditional for some bonehead to get his rental truck stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive. There are also those newcomers who thought that they'd want a car in Boston... this lot usually figures it out by October.
A great many parents of students stop by the Plough to rekindle memories... every so often there's someone we remember. There's also a goodly amount of student partying for the first couple of weeks without parental control... but that calms down as most realize that college is serious business... the others are gone for other reasons.
I commuted 30 miles each way for my first 2 years of college and then got married before I was old enough to drink... hell, I couldn't have afforded it anyway. I put myself through Art School... while trying to grow up too fast. I've made up for some of it...

2 Comments:

Blogger Syl said...

You know, Jonathan, we certainly could have made wiser decisions growing up, but didn't we have a heck of a good time. Not so sure I would change much! There's time to be old and wise when you are old and wise.

6:58 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Archie's first few days at his new school seem to have gone by without too much trauma. He had a few bits of homework for this evening but not too much- some french phrases to learn and some facts about London to jot down.

3:51 PM  

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