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Saying Goodbye to my Favorite Place

Muskingum changed my life.

It sounds cliché and perhaps a bit ridiculous, but it’s true. Muskingum gave me the wonderful education I dreamed about, provided me a sanctuary to run to, and reinforced my life with positive attributes that will only positively benefit me as this life progresses. I found my husband here, the man who is my best friend. We shared the Muskie experience together and our memories of this place are the foundation for the rest of our lives. I succeeded here; I failed here; I learned how to live in the real world here. With only days to go until graduation, I relive bittersweet memories with every turn on the Quad and the rest of campus.

During an evening walk with my husband around campus, we walked in to Walter Hall to plunk around on the pianos for a bit, a common ritual of ours. When it was my turn to play, I closed my eyes and played what came to my fingers. It was a sad song with a hint of happiness. My husband asked what I was thinking while playing, and all I could say was, “I was thinking about saying goodbye to my favorite place.”

If you are given the opportunity to be a Muskie, please take it. And, although I know not all Muskie experiences will be like mine, I promise you won’t forget your time spent here, whether it is for just an hour or for four years. Good luck with your futures. It was a pleasure writing to you.

Sincerely,

Heather (Menarcheck) Hughes, ’11

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