So, these past few days I've been hanging out in Harrisonburg. The lease to this appartment ends tomorrow at noon. I'm really going to miss this place. The past two years here have been the first time actually living away from home (lulz sure took me long enough, eh?). Right now I'm just packing things up and throwing them into the car. Empying out this place has brought back a lot of memories.
I think we moved the furnature around the living room more than I'd like to admit. Usually because of some new piece of entertainment system hardware. For a while the chairs were facing a wall, a projector would display onto it. After that, we turned it all around to a TV with a surround sound system. In general things had been tuned over the years. My first semester Andy lived here, we'd all play loads of video games together. It's a good thing he was a really outgoing guy because we the rest of us wouldn't have gotten to know each other other wise. Then it was Adam, one of my old friends from high school. It was cool reconnecting with somebody I hadn't seen in years. He was a great friend back then, but our styles have changed too much to keep track of each other now. Then Alex, with his crazy singing, guitar playing, and fun conversations.
Of course, what I'm really going to miss is the Computer Science department here. I've made a lot of friends and acquaintances. I only really started to fit in this past semester, so it sucks that we're all gone now. I'm going to miss the hours coding in the lab, helping the totally lost and overwhelmed freshman through a challenging project, the study groups. I'm going to miss the environment. I feel once I'm in a work place, nobody is going to care about the academics anymore. Your goal is not to learn and develop the field, it's to create a product and make money.
When I started college (gosh) 5 years ago, I really didn't think I would love it as much as I have. I have grown a tramendous amount. Something I'll never forget was last semester. I was in a group for the second half of it for my Databases class and we were all pretty good friends. As the semester started to close, I broke down. Jenny was there to pick up the pieces and help me through it. It blew me away to find out she, and the group, and been growing worried for me as I deteriorated over time. I actually had no idea I was getting so bad until she confronted me about it. Since entering college, she is the only person I've actually spokent to with my voice about my problems, and let close enough to help me. I don't think she'll ever know how much that meant to me. That moment was where I finally really realized just how important people are to me.
These years have been bitter sweet. I loved them and hated them, they have been some of the most stressful and some of the most entertaining. I will miss them.