Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Road Not Taken

This morning, I heard a story on the radio about Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. They are in real danger of closing and are at the moment only staying open because the alumni have managed to raise enough money to keep them open.

I never was a student at Antioch but there was a time when I really wanted to be. I even visited their campus. I loved the place. It was exactly the sort of hippy dippy free thinking kind of place that I know I would have both loved and would have suited me best academically. When I first heard about Antioch and told my Dad about what a cool place it seemed, he just started laughing and said that every weirdo in our family has always wanted to go to Antioch so Why Not? My uncle and one of his cousins went there.

But I ended up deciding not to go. I got a scholarship to the local community college. I had a new boyfriend and I was all in love with him. The tuition at Antioch was way more than my parents could have afforded. EtC ETC. I took a different road.

It hasnt been bad. My life, in many ways, is really darn good. But every so often, I wonder how my life might have turned out differently if I had just gone to that school. Who would I have met? What would I have learned? It is during those moments when I think of a certain famous poem by Robert Frost. And then I laugh


portuguesa nova said...

Wow! I hadn't heard about this. We stumbled upon Antioch by accident while on a roadtrip through OH once. It must have been about 5 years ago. The facilities were not in good shape, and we immediately checked the tuition and it is super expensive. But wow, what a cute cute cute town (if you're into that sort of thing, which I am not--I'd take gritty Ypsi any day, but certainly can appreciate for what it is).

Anonymous said...

Whatever would have happened, I wish that you would have been a blogger still

Lynne said...

pn, I thought Yellow Springs was a very cute town too. And how many liberal hippy small towns are there in OHIO?

proshat, you are so kind!