April 26 10

I wanted to go to Brown back in the 90s.

(PS. am currently salivating)

Back before Seth and Summer competed for that one coveted spot. Back before any of the van der Woodsens even uttered the school name. Back before Norah and her playlist were accepted there. I applied early and waited and waited and waited on the waiting list…but by the time I got in, Brown was so far from my mind. You see, I was off pulling a Felicity and following a boy to Canada, and not Rhode Island. But, you know, there’s really no use in even talking to a strong-willed, exceptionally stubborn 18-year-old girl. So, I didn’t have the ivy-filled, sorority-filled college experience I had dreamed about for my entire childhood. I raced through college to get to the next stage in my life; to be a wife, to be a mother, to be a writer. And don’t get me wrong, I did all of those things and I am so glad I did. My life at almost32 is ridiculously fabulous, even though it wasn’t necessarily where I thought I would be at almost32.

But I still dream of Brown.

Yesterday, it was MCLL day at Georgia Tech, which meant free tickets for us to see The Georgia Tech Yellowjackets play The Virginia Tech pokies (POKIES?)(FINE. They are HOKIES. But either way it’s a ridiculous name). Sure, it wasn’t as exciting to the kids as a Braves game, but it was Sunday and it was free (well, it did cost $7 in concessions) but it was such good fun…and the feel of college baseball is just so, college. The only people there were a group of teenagers cheering on the batboy, friends and family of the dorkishly cute ball players, and parents with their little baseball fans. It was the perfect place to take my kids.

And it was the perfect place to take, well, ME. Because I was in heaven. Sure, it was no Brown, but driving by the old buildings and the stadiums and the giant old frat houses brought back these images of me walking across a campus in early Autumn with a US history book and a novel in my hand, wearing Doc Martens and jeans and a giant abercrombie sweater like this.

WHAT? It was the 90s, people.

So now, of course, all I can think about is going to college (even though I already went to college AND graduate school) and even though this would be ME…trying to be all RUFUS in a sea of not32-year-olds who don’t have three children and husbands at home and mortgages and jobs and actual, you know, responsibilities

I really can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be…

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  1. Brown was my number 1 choice too. I even purchased a tee on my college visit there. I was heartbroken when I got my financial aid package from them and realized that another school in Wisconsin (where I met my husband and had kids shortly after graduating) gave me nearly a full ride.

    Life is funny. I still do dream about Brown.

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    Comment by OHmommy on April 26, 2010
  2. I wanted to go to Carnegie Mellon. I even got in. When I look back at things I wish I had done, I wish I had taken the loans, bitten the bullet, and gone.

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    Comment by Libby on April 26, 2010
  3. I love this post Ali. One of the things I love best about teaching highschool is that I get to live vicariously through my students.

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    Comment by lisa b on April 26, 2010
  4. As much as I hate to admit it (and I do, oh, I do), GaTech has a pretty nice campus, especially for being smack dab in the city. But I still prefer Athens, by far.

    Oh, and they’re the VaTech Hokies – not Pokies. ;)

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    Comment by Darcey on April 26, 2010
  5. hahaha. my bad. I knew it was part of the hokey pokey!

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    Comment by ali on April 26, 2010
  6. College life is so different from the lives we lead now, hey? I love my life now, but I still hold a space in my heart for the college years…

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    Comment by Angella on April 26, 2010
  7. Pokies…hahahaha! I love you!

    I LOVE college sports. I spent a majority of my time in college at college sporting events. I was working, but I enjoyed every second of it. I would LOVE to get some sort of job at a university. I love the atmosphere. I’d go back into college sports if it didn’t mean working insane hours for no pay.

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 26, 2010
  8. TOTALLY RUFUS. I had totally forgotten about that line. So great.

    I always wanted to go to Cambridge. Or Oxford.

    Also, I maintain you would never rock a white feather boa top while sitting in English class. You’re too stylish and adorable for that hot mess. (Though, hi, I LOVE Drew in that outfit, and in that role. Hilarious.)

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    Comment by Kerri Anne on April 26, 2010
  9. soooo… I like that abercrombie sweater.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Some sentences thrown together. =-.

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    Comment by Katie on April 26, 2010
  10. The school I went to looks a lot like that in some areas. (UWO) I miss those days! Sniff.

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    Comment by Assertagirl Amy on April 26, 2010
  11. I was more of a Harvard fan. Loved it. Went to Washington and Lee instead.

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    Comment by Avitable on April 26, 2010
  12. I am sending my baby to University of South Florida next year-to live in a dorm, away from home, having the “real” college experience. I will pay whatever it takes. I did not get to do it-I followed my boy to Florida from Ohio-and despite the not so happy ending, I have two great kids, graduated college and am working on my Master’s degree now. I cannot wait to put that college decal in my window and listen to all her stories…even if it means sending her away :(

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    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on April 26, 2010
  13. When I was a little girl, I used to dream about medical school. I went into teaching instead (not for the money obviously!), but I still watch Gross Anatomy with longing. Oh, Joe Slovak, how I love you.

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    Comment by alison on April 26, 2010
  14. OH.. wow. flashback. I loved , loved and did I mention LOVED school, High School and College. So much so I went back twice to different schools.. Ahh. I can almost remember it. ( it was the late 80′s people)

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    Comment by ThePeachy1 on April 26, 2010
  15. Pokies, Hokies. No one knows what either of them are anyway.

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    Comment by slynnro on April 26, 2010
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