Laura Boswell

Carpe diem. Tomorrow.

Love, Layoffs and Liberal Arts: Why Centre Grads Are the Happiest (Most of the Time)

on March 19, 2014
The author with her plaque in the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.

The author with her plaque in the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Recently, my phone’s message light blinked green-green-green above an impossibility: a message from my 20-year-old nephew, Hunter. And not his usual grunt response to some sports story I texted him:

—“Tom Brady just threw a touchdown so hard the CHEERLEADERS CAUGHT FIRE!!!”

—“Yup.”

No, this was, like, full sentences. He was going on a Kenyan mission trip, with a stopover in London. He knew I had studied there during my Centre days and wanted to know what sites to squeeze in.

So I advised him on key landmarks: Big Ben, Parliament, Piccadilly Circus’ neon thrum. But I realized that my happiest London memories weren’t those famous places, but the tiny moments, the ones you don’t scratch into a travel journal. You’re not having tea with the queen; you’re sitting in the dorm room window with your roommate Lynn, swinging your feet and feeding the geese below with crust from the all-you-can-eat buffet pizza you pilfered under your jackets because you’re so Pound-poor.

Yet that window is where you become best friends, even today.

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