I’ve been putting off writing this entry for a week, because I simply don’t really know how to write it. There are so many things I want to say, and yet so many of them don’t attach well to words – only to strong feelings and emotions, the way certain songs bring back the intangible moments of one’s childhood.
I think I’ll just start with the facts and save the long, introspective part for a later entry, once I’ve had a chance to really process all of this.
In a nutshell: after four incredible years here, I’m going to be leaving MIT in July. I’ll also be leaving Boston, which has been my home for more than a decade, and which will always be the city I love more than any other. It’s a lot to digest, and it’s going to take some time.
I guess you probably want to know the details. I’m heading back to Oberlin, my alma mater, where I’ve just been appointed Vice President for Communications – I’ll be overseeing communications strategy for the whole college. Those of you with whom I’ve spoken about Oberlin know how deeply I love the place, and at this critical moment in its history, it needs me – in many of the same ways that MIT did four years ago – to help it tell its story to the world. It’s a tremendous professional opportunity, but to me it feels more like a calling than a job.
Nothing can lighten the sadness of leaving MIT. I may not be an alum, but I did spend four very intense years here. I may not have taken 8.02, but I also didn’t get summers off the way you slackers do… so let’s just call it even. ;-) As Nance says, I may have been born into the Oberlin family and married into the MIT family, but one is no less significant than the other.
So while I may be leaving MIT physically, I’ll never leave MIT – it’s too much a part of me. I’ll just be more like an alum than a current student.
One thing is certain: if I am invested in you – and you know who you are – no distance will ever change that. I’ll still be checking up on you, keeping tabs, making sure you’re getting the most out of your college experience, same as I’ve always done.
That’s a promise.
I’ll write a lot more over the next couple of months. I’ll get all sorts of reflective and nostalgic, as soon as I’m ready. Stay tuned.
P.S. This is the 2500th entry on mitadmissions.org. That speaks for itself, I suppose.