There are about 22,000 undergraduate students at UMass, and I think the majority are here for the same reason--a desire to learn something.
When the college application process started during my senior year of high school, I wanted nothing more than to get out of Vegas. I told myself I was done with the years of alcoholic hand-holding, a drive for money instead of knowledge and the constant state of the dry desert.
In my head, it was all going to be simple. I was going to move far away and finally have a life with the four seasons, thoughtful minds and plenty of opportunities to become the best version of myself.
It surprised me when this life I had imagined didn’t come so easy.
you are rooted in the small town with too many people
you’re just noticing your feet are sore
they say “it’s adjusting”
your breathing gets heavy
you tell yourself that’s it
just getting stronger
you look at the leaves a lot
and maybe your friends think that’s strange
But really, how don’t they see this?
you want to yell at them
This is beautiful!
isn’t this beautiful?
“The leaves aren’t as pretty as last years”
How don’t they see this?