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Time Travel–2024

Jun 11, 2024 | Travel | 0 comments

Travel can mean different things to people, depending on who you’re asking to define it. This post, I’m taking a brief hiatus from Sardinia to write about the amazing trip I took this weekend—only 40 minutes away, but four decades back in time.

I graduated from Cornell University in May 1984. Since then, I’ve returned to campus as a parent with kids, a diehard hockey fan, an employee, a journalist, and a lifelong learner, but up til now I’d never attended a class reunion. For a variety of reasons, this seemed like a good year to revisit my past, enjoy the present, and look toward the future with friends and fellow classmates. My instincts were right; it was a pretty special weekend!

Often, I find myself taking for granted how beautiful the Ivy League campus and surrounding areas are. It’s easy to forget how lucky I am to live in such a geographically diverse area, to be able to walk among waterfalls and fossils, swim in deep, clear lakes, have daily access to farmers markets, wineries, breweries, and cideries, and to be able to choose from a plethora of unique cultural events and unusual attractions. Strolling around the campus and seeing the Finger Lakes Region through others’ eyes for three days was a timely reminder to appreciate all of these.

It’s also easy to overlook the benefits of living in close proximity to a college town. Attending talks and programs to hear intelligent, articulate, energetic, and committed alums speak about their lives and professions provides a great opportunity to review your own accomplishments and career choices. It can be fascinating to recall what you were hoping for when you claimed your diploma and where you are now in relation to those old dreams.

Reunion Highlights

The Remembrance ceremony and Dr. James E. Turner’s Celebration of Life

My friend Carla and I went to a simple, but extremely meaningful, memorial service at Sage Chapel to honor fellow students who were no longer with us. There were speakers, songs performed by a men’s choir, and the opportunity to come forward, say a few words about your loved one, and light a candle for them (which we did for our good college friend who passed away in January 2024). It was a short, sweet, and cathartic experience for all who attended.

The Celebration of Life for James E. Turner was held in the Cornell Botanic Gardens. It was a multi-faceted tribute to Dr. Turner, complete with readings and musings from fellow academics as well as moving remembrances and reflections from past students and alumni.

The influence and impact Dr. Turner had on the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell and the surrounding communities, and the education and advancement of Black students and alumni, locally and globally, is too vast to be detailed here so please feel free to do your own research to learn more!

Revisiting dorm life, college dining, and tent parties

This is where the real regression occurs! Carla and I, along with my old roommate and friend Collene and her husband, ended up in the same suite, sharing bathrooms—just like the old days! Always prepared, Collene brought an expresso machine (phew!) and an old photo album which she, her friend Karen, and I poured over the first night, evoking lots of laughs at our younger selves! As in our underclassmen days, the food was awful the first night but delicious the second. That’s the way it goes on a meal plan!

Under the oversize tent, with the help of alcohol and an exuberant band playing songs we danced to back in the 80’s, we all made it until midnight before collapsing in our dorm. Talk about flashbacks!

Catching up with people you always liked but somehow lost touch with

The 40th Reunion provided an excellent excuse to try and track down people that you’d drifted away from and wanted to reconnect with. Some of them weren’t able to attend but we made sure to plan a future get-together. Others, like our friend Jill, we hung out with over the weekend, and pledged to see again—soon!

Mixing business with pleasure, I asked Collene, whose travel adventures I’ve followed from a distance for years, if she’d write a guest post for my blog. Stay tuned to read what she’s been up to!

I hope you’ll consider taking your own trip back in time, either to a reunion or just a place with memories you hold dear or perhaps would prefer to put to rest. Or even just to remind yourself who you once were or who you’re still wishing you could be.

Mixing business with pleasure, I asked Collene, whose travel adventures I’ve followed from a distance for years, if she’d write a guest post for my blog. Stay tuned to read what she’s been up to!

I hope you’ll consider taking your own trip back in time, either to a reunion or just a place with memories you hold dear or perhaps would prefer to put to rest. Or even just to remind yourself who you once were or who you’re still wishing you could be.

Here’s something I learned at Cornell University in 2024. Inner journeys can be every bit as worthwhile as those we take to exotic locales!

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