Last weekend I celebrated my 22nd birthday in one of my favorite places in the world…Bucknell! I took my first vacation day on my birthday, packed, and drove out to Lewisburg for the whole weekend. I stayed with my sorority little Melissa, who surprisingly I have not have mentioned on my blog before! Melissa and I met my sophomore (her freshman) year at Bucknell when we were in the same International Politics class. Our professor held a very strong resemblance to Ferris Bueller’s teacher… “Bueller, Bueller?” We wound up sitting next to each other the first day and bonded over the constant monotone lectures, with a few dry jokes thrown in every now and again. I knew when Melissa joined Delta Gamma that I had to have her as my little. And as luck would have it, we both picked one another to be big/little. It was a match made in heaven. Melissa is not only my little, but she is also one of my best friends. She and I tell each other everything and I could not imagine a better way to spend my birthday!
When I arrived at Bucknell she and I had a special birthday dinner in a delicious local restaurant Elizabeth’s. We stuffed ourselves full of salmon, wine, and a scrumptious apple crumble (which is basically a fancy way of saying homemade apple pie!) After catching up for several hours over dinner she and I made our way back to her apartment to change for the night out. Along the way we saw many familiar faces, both current students and fellow alums. Heading out for the night Melissa and I made stops at a few fraternity parties, which immediately reminded me why I always preferred the bar senior year of college. It was nice to make an appearance, but I was much happier at the bar where I could actually move and not fear constantly being spilled on. Being back at the local bar, it felt like nothing had changed. It was so nice to see friendly faces and hear what everyone has been up to since graduation. Some people are doing great and loving their next chapter, while others are still figuring things out. I am not going to lie, I was relieved to go into Homecoming weekend with a job so I could easily answer those inevitable “So what are you up to these days?” questions. And the best part is I actually like my job, so it was fun to tell everyone about my position! Everyone has such unique jobs, not at all what I expected when they graduated. One friend is a recruiter in Chicago, another is heading to law school in Seattle, a third is building submarines, and the list goes on!
Saturday, Melissa and I woke up and headed to Dunkin Donuts before the annual Delta Gamma Alum Brunch. Every year the sorority throws a little brunch on our suite for alums to see the current DGs and meet the new babies. It was amazing to see a few of my favorite underclassmen. It was so much fun catching up on things and hearing about what they are currently doing on campus. They are now starting to think about their future careers, and I tried to give a little advice here and there. Afterwards, my friends and I headed over to the football game, Bucknell vs. Lafayette! It was actually a pretty exciting game (not usually the case for Bucknell!). And we won 27-24! I was able to see my old boss, from when I worked in the Department of Athletics as the executive intern. I was happy to hear that the latest intern (a candidate that I pushed for!) is doing an incredible job in the office. It is nice to know that I left the job in good hands. Melissa and I grabbed a quick lunch and headed downtown to a few parties. Again, it was so nice to see old friends, but in a way it also reminded me that I am definitely done with college. I felt like I had outgrown the Saturday parties, and felt like a worried parent watching idiots jumping off platforms and falling all over the place. It was like the perfect reassurance for me, that yes it is normal to feel like I am done with college and that I am so happy to be on to the next phase of my life. Following a busy Saturday, Melissa and I stopped by the bookstore and grabbed some Panera (a staple at Bucknell!) before watching several episodes of Gilmore Girls. The last night out in Lewisburg, we decided to head to the new cider bar then the favorite local bar. It was really great to be surrounded by friends in our mutual favorite place and just catch up. I will say though, many of us cannot stay out nearly as late as we did in college (god we are old!).
Sunday was a morning breakfast at my second favorite cafe in town. We drove to both mine and Melissa’s favorite and discovered that it recently closed. I was shocked that such a popular spot was gone, and I was really sad that I did not get my favorite, a soy chai latte. However, a breakfast sandwich and orange juice at Cherry Alley Cafe was a nice alternative. After a long and exhausting weekend, I knew I had to make the trek home, plus I could tell Melissa had a lot of work to do. It was strange, not having any homework and not worrying about class on Monday. Being at Bucknell without any stress of schoolwork was a great feeling. But it also reminded me that yes, I am out of college. I do miss those seminar classes where my small classes would discuss literature for hours every single week. I know that Melissa was dreading her work, but I was somewhat jealous that she is still learning so many interesting new things daily. Bucknell provided me such an incredible education, and I truly miss learning!
Clearly, it was a very busy weekend, but I cannot imagine a better way to spend my birthday weekend. I loved seeing old friends and spending time with Melissa. Homecoming, Halloween, and my birthday was a perfect combination for a great weekend away! Returning to Lewisburg for a few days brought up old memories and reminded me of how far I have come since my freshman year. No matter where I go or what I do; I know that Bucknell will always hold a special place in my heart.