Being Back: Future Bergstrom CA - Mitchell Lipke '20

February 19, 2018

 

 It’ll be good to be back. In taking the Community Assistant position for Bergstrom next year, I couldn’t help but reminisce. The halls of Bergstrom hold many memories -- late nights and early mornings in the second and third floor lounges, reading Utopia and studying protists. I remember the day I left Bergstrom, sad that I wouldn’t have the river view to greet me every morning, but more upset seeing the room that once held so many memories looking like a room of any other dorm. I was upset because gone were the moments studying in the lounge when I’d catch a passerby through the lounge window and our conversation would halt my annotating of Black Swan Green for a few hours. We have a tendency to be known as the nerds on campus, but the dorm is the worst place to get any academic work done. That being said, it is the best place to do anything else. Whether it is throwing cards with the women on third floor or playing melee on the N64 with the guys on second, being at Bergstrom is about being with one another. I’m exciting to be back in the Bergstrom community because it is exactly that -- a community. There is no place on campus like it. Granted, I have Boris’s big shoes to fill and my disc jockey skills may need improvement to get to Mr. Semnic’s level, but I want to spend as much time as possible with the residents. In a position of authority, it can seem like I will be a whip-cracker, but my goal is to be a friend for all. Many students’ minds will be opened within the first weeks, and I hope to guide them through this time of discernment. I look forward to seeing, from the outside, how they develop through honors experience. Further, I have much development of my own that will be bolstered from this experience. With the strong talent that walks through the halls of Bergstrom, I am sure to have my opinions challenged, and I hope for nothing less than good debates. Finally, I want everyone to have the experience that I had in Bergstrom. There will be late nights of studying and late nights having fun (not necessarily mutually exclusive), but by the end, leaving Bergstrom will bring tears to their eyes. And if the new residents are anything like me, they’ll do whatever they can to get back. 

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