CLASS OF 2014: Jesse

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I can’t believe that my four years at Middlebury College are almost over. They haven’t been easy to say the least, but I am so proud of what I have accomplished here. As a senior in high school, I could not have conceptualized what my four years here would really be like. I was lucky enough to be accepted to the majority of schools I applied to, and ended up choosing Middlebury because I was able to pursue all my interests here within the liberal arts environment. The transition from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the tranquil life of rural Vermont was a shock to say the least, but looking back it was one of the best choices to get out of my comfort zone.

Even though academics are my priority, what I have most taken away from my time here are the friendships and life experiences. I won’t necessarily remember how to translate “sustainable development” into Mandarin or Foucault’s contributions to sociology, but I will forever treasure the memories of Vermont sunsets, studying with friends and my semester abroad in China.

Although I was only able to participate in CollegeFashionista for one semester, I have really enjoyed seeing Middlebury from a different perspective. Through photographing my fellow Midd kids, I have been able to get a more intimate sense of Middlebury.

Honestly, it’s hard to articulate the emotional turmoil that occurs right before graduation. It’s a mixture of a lot of emotions like nostalgia, joy and trepidation. The real world is coming so quickly, and I’m not entirely sure I’m ready for it. Moving forward, I would love to continue working with art, either in fashion or dance, while hopefully using my Spanish and Mandarin language skills. As of right now, I have no solidified plans for post graduation, but I am trying to take a positive stance and enjoy wherever life takes me.

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