I was surprised by my initial emotional response to the announcement that my alma mater was going to close. I was shocked and extremely upset. I graduated from Antioch College almost 14 years ago, and I still consider my decision to transfer to Antioch as one of the best decisions I ever made. The fact that my school may cease to exist was just incredibly depressing.
I haven’t been back in Yellow Springs since my 10 year reunion, so, even though I attended the Pittsburgh alumni chapter meeting held a few months back, I have been wondering how rational my reaction was. Still, I keep reading and watching and waiting (and pledging). One of the most recent emails forwarded to me was an article in the Yellow Springs newspaper which included a bunch of photos of students marching and attending meeting to show support for keeping the school open.
Those pictures are what really struck me. Even though it has been over a decade, I can still see myself there. I look at the current Antioch College Community and the thought that comes to mind is… I’m STILL part of that community. What a wonderful feeling! Of course I should be upset! Of course I should try and h yelp to keep it open! I am so glad for Antioch College. Seeing so many members of my community coming together and making a difference is so inspiring. I was grateful Antioch existed when I went searching for someplace where I would get an excellent education… both academically and socially… and I am overjoyed that it will continue to exist.
Class of ‘93