If you’ve been following my posts you may have noticed that I refer to my time in College alot. I guess there’s something about it that I haven’t experienced since or that the situations occurring in PSC are relatable. In an instance, I remember my first day then suddenly two years seems like two minutes. Time is a harsh condition that can be unforgiving. As soon as you enjoy and value an experience, it’s already over. You might be thinking: “What’s with this metaphysical mumbo-jumbo?” A feeling of nostalgia seems to wash over me.
After meeting with a friend last week, we were looking through old photos from our times at College. For all those who love Facebook’s new timeline this was akin to that. Just a lot more personal. Photos from 2008 from our first beach party through to Halloween in 2009. Its memories like these that make things more real. It’s difficult to put into words how I felt. Firstly, I had forgotten seemingly insignificant events like going to the beach. Suddenly, I was transported back to the past were we were sat on the beach eating ice cream. This might seem extremely sentimental but these memories are fond ones. Just forgotten.
Another instance transported us back to a friend’s birthday party. The theme: Medieval. A bed sheet and a wooden cross. I was now a monk. Picking out a picture for my friend’s birthday was seemingly easy. A photo of the group, together in our entire garb. A great memory framed for years to come.
College was a time of memories. Meeting a group of amazing people that I’m still friends with makes everything so far count tenfold. Without them I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. Despite some obstacles along the way they’ve got me through it. So how does this relate back to Beyond Volunteering? Well it doesn’t… although in some respects it does. College was a time when ‘big decisions’ had to be made. Those decisions put everything into perspective. What career I’d like to go into? What area to do a degree in? Working at PSC with Media Studies and Film Studies AS has given me the scope to apply knowledge I gained from personal experiences at College. I can relay this back to the students, sort of acting as a middle point between further and higher education.
Beyond volunteering not only discusses the present, but it also draws upon my experiences in the past. It uses them as a spring board towards a potential career in teaching. Who knows where I will end up? By making a more personal entry into the blog, I hope you can understand the mentality behind this career choice. For the next week I’ll be drawing upon the past often when I look back at my college work. Presenting something visual will hopefully jog more memories as I begin to relive those forgotten memories once again.