Find information on spaces, staff, and services.
EMBER BY DANA BERCE Billy Joel said it and Natalie Merchant modified it, but the message is the same whomever you quote. Our days here are numbered and we must cherish these times, these days. These days, we stay up late cram- ming at Memorial and can be found typing papers and projects at Helen C. at all hours of the day and night. We get up early and pound out our stress at the SERF and we sleep through our classes, nursing our hangovers. These days, we try to hang on to the past, while we move on into the future. These days, we hang out at State Street Brats and The Flamingo, trying to for- get we still have that thesis to finish and soon everything will change. We toast fond memories of Spring Break with our pals in Cancun on the beach and skiing in Colorado. We try to forget that soon we won't be hanging out on the Terrace and heels and loafers will soon replace Nikes. We try to deny we will ever be one of those crazy gray-haired alumni flooding the Mad town on game days. We, the graduating class of 1997, like those before us, promise not to forget all we have learned here in Madison. We're not talking about classroom material, but the things that really matter: the life lessons we have endured and the friends we have made. We will remember the dorms, where our friends were all a footstep away. We will remember being thankful for the times when we were homesick, when we were just plain sick and when all we wanted to do was go home, our friends were just down the hall. We will remember those friends that made Madison seem like a home away from home, and we will remember when we said "home" and it meant Madison for the first time. Home now is changing again and we call our childhood home our parents' home. It is a very different place, looking at it with our newly found adult eyes. These days, we are searching for jobs, searching for schools, searching for the answers to the questions that we started ask- ing long ago. Why am I here? What am I doing? Where am I going? Why? These days, we are beginning to feel like freshmen all over again. We are wide-eyed, full of curiosity and awe at the world. But now, we realize that the world is ours for the taking, for the repairing, for the making. Some of us will make our mark in Milwaukee and Chicago, some will go to opposite ends of the country- California and New York. Some of us don't know where we are going, but then we remember the days when we first felt like that and we know we will be okay. These days, we remember how things were when we first began and we realize how far we've come. On graduation day, we will stand proud. Side by side our friends, we will stand and we will make promises to return. In days ahead, we will revisit Madison again and again through all the memories, because we know these are the days to remember. We know these times won't last forever. 66 XSTUDENT LIFE 'AY