Last week the video I've posted below was uploaded onto YouTube and it has quickly gone viral! I find it ironic a video about getting off your computers and phones in order to see the world around you has blown up on the internet, but maybe a few more people might remember this clip when walking down the hall and look a stranger in the eye. I have been very fortunate to be where I am. Although I believe the beach always has a special place for friends, parties, and fun, I always believed the mountains were specifically reserved for your home and your heart.
It should be no surprise that I am going from one mountain school to another. Although I have only seen the campus once (and will be visiting it again tomorrow), Piedmont seems to have a very similar setting. There are fantastic views, plenty of outdoor activities to get involved with, and plus some amazing exercise just walking to class! Western Carolina University has a very unique setting. Although it is difficult to see in the picture, our campus is located in a valley with mountains all around us. Since we are at a lower elevation and are also located in a hydrothermic pocket, it is very common for it to not snow where we are, but to snow all around us on the surrounding mountains. The same can be said about storms. Since the mountains around us provide the shortest path for lightning to reach the ground, we can often sit outside and see streaks of lightning cover the sky while we remain perfectly dry, it really freaks you out the first couple of times you see it.
In today's society, it is all but too common for you to see groups of students walking to eat, to go to class, or to go to an event texting or talking on the phone. Sometimes I'm even guilty of pulling out my phone in order to avoid awkward moments walking by people. But what makes walking by someone awkward? Maybe we are so removed from social interactions through "social" media outlets that anything other than electronic interactions now feel foreign to us. I feel like the theme for this week is to get away from the hussle and bussle and take in the beauty around us. I guess that is what the week of closing does to you :) Good luck on finals everyone!