I enjoy the rhythm of the University. Fifteen years of employment time on campus combined with the fourteen years it took to finish my undergraduate degree, have produced a long and multifaceted relationship with Boise State University.
In an age of economic crises and with the workforce population often required to relocate, my continuity of employment experienced at Boise State University both surprises me and fills me with gratitude.
The end of the spring semester brings a frenzy of stressful energy as students work to complete projects, coursework, and study for exams. Graduation provides celebration and closure to the academic year and the majority of students exit for summer work or adventures. Even with the intercession summer classes, the 3, 5, 8-week schedule, the bulk of the student flow is gone. Landscape, construction and remodel projects fire up and what I term “the underbelly” of the university claims the campus.
We are the year around employees, the infrastructure that continue completing old projects and launching new ones to prepare for the fall semester. We all enjoy the vibrant energy of the students and it takes a little time to adjust to the quieter campus. However, within a few weeks, we reclaim the space and enjoy the temporary absence of the student flow.
Before each semester begins, I take a traditional walk across a campus gradually becoming busier with returning students and faculty. The energy palpable, and a week before the first day of class a growing buzz of preparatory activity takes place. Move in day is delightful, and heartwarming to watch. An abundance of family and friends haul in baskets of supplies to the dorms. Parents lug crates of toilet paper, granola bars, peanut butter jelly and crackers, and the infamous Ramen noodles to assigned rooms.
Buoyant, excited looks on the faces of the young people inspire hope for our future. Lots of laughter, smiles, and invigorating energy populate the campus. Students are the lifeblood of the university and their sparkly dreams spread throughout BSU. New friendships, stories, homework angst, challenges, adventures, and careers are already unfolding.