I have to say: every week when I drive up to the North Shore of MA to work at the Writing Center at Endicott, I have a big smile on my face as I pull in to the campus! This is such a gorgeous place! I purposely go past the main entrance on Hale St. to drive a little bit further to the Service Entrance because on the right as I pull up to turn L, I get to glance over the brickwork and see, feel, and smell the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and the horizon as it looks over to ....where? Ireland and Wales, I guess! I have always had an affinity for the seashore, born of times when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey and going to Ocean City for a day or a week. I LOVED those times, and then again, when I lived in Fort Lauderdale for a year, and the many times I went to the Bahamas that year. So, living here in Boston, we've gotten to go to the Cape a few times, which is great, and now I work right ON THE OCEAN! If I had any break times at all in my day, longer than, say, a few minutes, I would walk over there and eat my lunch facing the surf, if I could. I'm sure that most people who go here probably feel (and try to do) the same thing.
But it's not just the beautiful landscape and campus that I have enjoyed during my first semester here, it's also the collegiate and traditional feel of the campus, friendly people, and the pleasant working environment of the place. The college president is articulate and involved, and everyone seems to enjoy being here. It's a little smaller than I'm used to, but I always did fare a bit better in smaller locales than big, huge ones. Although I continue to be impressed and humbled by MIT and Harvard's prestige and expanse (they basically make up Cambridge between the two), I know my own contributions there will only be a tiny blip barely registering on the radar. And so I am thankful to be having the opportunities I have had, continue to have, including the one here at Endicott and the MIT SemRoles group. Tomorrow I look forward to the morning drive up to the north shore when I say "good morning!" to the Atlantic Ocean and settle in for a day of helping students with their writing.