By Sam Pratt and Kelsey Colpitts
Where has the time gone? We came back from mid-semester break with six weeks to go and now we are down to a handful of days. As we huddle by the campfire and throw on one last log before we call it a night, we put together a to-do list for the remainder of our last week. It is time to get things done. We trade ferns and leaves as we do final touchups on our projects and huddle by the woodstove searching for our creative flow as we do collages and leave the yurts scattered with newspaper clippings. Our home has gotten more broken in as we each find a quiet place to sit down and buckle in for finals week.
Schoolwork isn’t the only thing on our to-do list, however. We fill our spare moments with fun and celebrate our time at Arcadia. Whether it’s putting a coat of stain on a table at Michael’s, taking one last six-mile walk around the lake, sending out a final letter, or taking a sauna and plunge in the freezing Massawepie waters, we are all looking for that moment of sentiment.
Although we may be packing up Arcadia in a few days, our semester is not yet over. After Thanksgiving we will all head to a different internship partner as a learning experience and reflection period. Although we are sad to be leaving Arcadia, we all look forward to spending the weeks before Christmas break homesteading, woodworking, doing ranger work, handling wild animals, and teaching at a Waldorf School. While we will not all be together, we will all still be part of the greater Adirondack community, giving us a sense of home during this transitional period.
As we stand around the campfire thinking about break and internships, it is a bittersweet time. While some are looking forward to heat, hot shoulders, and seeing loved ones, we are all wondering if it’s possible not to be together. Luckily we will all go back to campus eventually, we will find each other, walk together, and reach out to our greater Adirondack community. As we leave, our yurt walls will turn to cement and plaster again and the forest we call home will now be at the fringe of it. We cannot forget how lucky we are. The luck is that we have passion and love for the Adirondacks, as well as each other, and that is something we will never let go.