I recently helped Andrew’s little sister move into her dorm at JMU for her freshman year. That dorm just happened to be my dorm from eight years ago when I was a freshman. As I walked across campus I felt an odd sense of calm. I didn’t wish I was starting my college experience all over again, but I was really excited for what was in store for all these little babies moving in. I was also pleasantly surprised no FROGS mistook me for a freshman.
Last week when I was driving back from a long weekend in Pittsburgh I busted out some old mixed CDs I keep in my car. I popped in the one titled “College Mix” and I was instantly taken back to Hanson Hall fall 2005.
Warning slightly to extremely embarrassingly mix follows:
I love how so many memories are tied to this little mix I made during my first semester freshman year. I love seeing how much I’ve grown and changed since then. I think that’s where my sense of calm came from while walking across campus. I appreciate my time at JMU for what it was for me at that time and who I’ve become because of it.
** The photos are from freshman year. I’d like you to have a visual of 19 year old Jess Lonett of the past to picture listening to this mix. You should also picture her listening to this mix on a pink discman.**