So Long, Farewell

By Faith DeVries

Faith and MaddyI cannot believe that the semester is coming to an end and it’s almost time to say goodbye to this place that I have come to know so well.  Soon I will be back at home surrounded by cornfields and livestock, where a fifteen minute walk in any direction will only lead me to another field instead of my favorite Greek restaurant on South Street.  There will be silence all around me instead of the constant honking from the cars as they pass below the window of my makeshift office at TPC. 

On the bright side, there will be no more confusion about the fact that I live in Illinois, go to school in Michigan and am temporarily living in Philadelphia — people could never quite grasp that.  It will be nice to go home for the first time in four months, but I will certainly miss the East Coast.  However, I am happy to say that I accomplished (or will have accomplished by the time I actually leave) everything I wanted to do while I was here.  I would have loved to travel a little more but I think the most important thing is that I really got to explore Philadelphia and all of the wonderful things it has to offer.

My biggest piece of advice to future TPC students is plan ahead.  Make a list of all the things you want to do then set a date to actually do them.  It is amazing the amount of things you can do in one semester especially on top of an internship (or two) and classes.  I really had to learn how to balance everything, but I really didn’t mind because I was doing things that I love.  Both of my classes were on topics that I found very interesting which made the readings, movies and papers all worth the time and effort.  Plus, I had one of the best internships ever.  Of course I’m slightly biased, but planning and attending weddings and events all semester was a lot of fun and I was able to see some gorgeous places not just in the Philadelphia area but also in the Pocono Mountains and New York City. 

I am looking forward to a more relaxed semester on campus in the spring without the craziness of an internship and sightseeing, but I have a feeling that I’m going to get a little restless; I will just have to make plans to visit some of the amazing people I have met this semester.  It has been a great few months and I cannot wait for the day when I get to come back to this wonderful city. 

Thank you Philadelphia, it has been a blast!

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