Up on the hill, across the Duck Pond

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Anthony Manzi

I remember sitting in my chair in June of 2013 in Hagan Hall as the Orientation Leaders sang to us. “Up on the hill, across the Duck Pond. It’s next to Taylor and La Maison.” I was frightened to begin this thing called “college” and nervous that I would never find a group of friends or classmates like the ones I had in high school – even when the OL’s sang “Don’t you worry, don’t you worry hounds, Assumption is the place for you.” I’m sure I was not the only one with this fear lingering in the back of my mind throughout the summer, and I’m sure I don’t stand alone when I say I was incredibly wrong.
On Saturday, August 31, 2013 we began the process of moving in and adjusting to college. We arrived on campus and were greeted by hundreds of student leaders, who were just faces to us at the time, and we didn’t have to bring a single thing up to the rooms that would soon become our new home. Little did we know that in the coming years, we would be those student leaders and volunteers bringing up boxes, bins and fridges for the incoming classes to follow. It was easy to meet people on the floors and pods we were in, through the classes we began taking, and the clubs we started to get involved in. Some of these people may be our best friends to this day. Others may be people we’ve grown apart from but never fail to say “Hi” to on our way to classes.
In the hundreds of tours I have given over the course of my career at Assumption, I have been asked countless times, “What is your favorite thing about Assumption?” Without hesitating, I always respond with two words – the people. The people meaning my closest friends. The people meaning my roommates. The people meaning my co-workers. The people meaning my supervisors and mentors. The people meaning Kostanca and the whole Dunkin’ gang. The people meaning the administrators. The people meaning the Sodexo workers who greet us in Taylor everyday. The people meaning the entire Assumption Community.
Unfortunately, we cannot stay around these people forever, in the “Assumption Bubble” that has provided so many incredible opportunities for us. These final months in our college career are bound to be filled with memorable times, whether it be at an athletic event, that last game of BINGO we can’t miss, or staying up in a friend’s room at times you know you should be studying.
However, regardless of what there is left to do, what will make these last several months special is that people that we surround ourselves with. Our Assumption Community, specifically our own class, will help us create unforgettable memories. We still have a lot to do – internships, seminars, classes, club commitments, jobs and the grad school application process followed by the dreaded job search. It sounds like there’s a lot to do and so little time. May 14 is creeping up on us, and it’s up to us to do everything in our power to spend the remaining months with our Assumption Community – embracing it for all that it is.
When May 14 comes, we’ll all be together in the DCU Center. We will all be gathered together as a class in one room for the first time since Matriculation. And then what? We may be spread across the country. We may move into an apartment with our roommates. We may begin a year of service. We may be working in high rises in the city. We may spend months searching for that same close group of people that we searched for so long to find here. We may spend weeks searching for a new place to call “home.”
Regardless of what the outcome is after May 14, we will always have a home up on the hill, across the duck pond.

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