“It all seems so very arbitrary. I applied for a job at this company because they were hiring. I took a desk at the back because it was empty. But, no matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.”- Creed Bratton, The Office
This is a really cool quote that I think encapsulates some of what I’ve been thinking about lately. A couple days ago, as we were sitting on the stage in Goodrich eating free food, Grace mentioned just how much these places were really starting to feel like home. I realized I felt that too; places like the fourth floor of Sawyer, the common rooms in Frosh Quad and mission, and Goodrich– places that were at one point so strikingly foreign– now were so familiar to me that I could barely remember a time when they weren’t a part of my life. It’s so crazy that all 2,061 (I think??) of us somehow ended up here in the middle of the Berkshires– for some of us, maybe going to Williams was always part of our plan, but for others maybe it was just a twist of fate or something they never expected. No matter the reasoning or decisions we made along the way, we’ve all ended up here, and are all somehow living and growing and learning in these spaces. For a lot of us, times spent here can be some of the happiest but also the most difficult and trying of our lives. But isn’t that so cool how humans work? No matter where we go– whether it’s a paper company or summer camp or Williams College– these places and these people that were once thousands of miles away and completely irrelevant to our lives somehow become huge parts not only of our daily routine but of who we are. When we let them, they end up changing us and inspiring us and ultimately shaping the course of the rest of our lives. So even though I can’t predict now what kind of person I’ll be at the end of my next three years in Williamstown, Massachusetts, I’m so glad (and lucky!) to be able to call this place and these people home.