Dinner was wonderful. I was a little nervous when deciding who to sit with, as usual. I want to sit with the alumni, but I feel bad ditching Nicola and Doug. But, they ditched me first to sit with Jason. That was okay though, because I got to sit with some of my favorite alumni from the trip. Rachel, Hannah, Bill, Leoni, and I all sat together. Hannah and Rachel are both recent grads, and Bill graduated in the 1960s. I especially loved talking with Bill and Leoni, they are such sweet people. Leoni and I talked about the sophomore slump a few times again. She keeps telling me to email her with “how it all turns out.” Even though I just met her, it was really awesome to hear that she, without asking details or pressuring to give me advice, was interested to hear what I decided to do with my life. Because sophomore year really is when you have to make the big decisions in term of career path. She just seems like the most wonderful person. I hope to see them again, maybe at homecoming.
During the dinner, Bill got up for a little “speech.” He thanked Brenda, Steve, and Jason for their work and praised the dynamics of such a diverse group. Then he said he held a special place for us current students. It was the sweetest, and made me feel good. Sometimes we, the students, would sort of get forgotten as a minority in the group. So it was nice to hear. Then Leoni said that she was shocked at how confident we all were in who we were. I didn’t know how I felt about that at first. Like, am I really? But, I think she’s right. Though we all question it, what we are doing and where we’re going, we do have confidence in being ourselves. I think that is an important trait that Knox students and alumni share–the ability to find yourself and the confidence to be true to it. Whether Knox attracts those people or it helps its students to do it, I’m not sure.
At the end of the night, it was hard to say goodbye. After the dinner, the wine, the folk dancing, and singing we had to say goodbye before our flights home. It was especially hard for me to say farewell to Bill and Leoni after all the talking we’ve done. I wanted to hear more about Bill’s life on the “social committee” and in Beta, and about Leoni’s adventures hitchhiking in skirts. They had a lot more to share that I wish I could hear. I had wanted to leave so badly, but now I wish there was more time.
Tomorrow, we fly home. It’s been a great experience that I will never forget, that is for sure.