I walk down 23rd street and meet Park. I have riden the subway fifteen blocks, have clung to metal poles, have beat against them in time with the train and the sarong the woman standing next to me wears. I feel overcome by a new energy that surprisingly enough, came from an eight-hour meeting in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.
If I may speak for the Bard student body, we are tired and lazy creatures that have the ability to be woken up by specific inspirations of the world. We live in a miniscule pocket of the earth, but on occasion our minds wander to other corners, and we find ourselves wishing we were out there, but we’re not sure how.
I have recently been planning a trip to South East Asia–Laos to be exact. While I have my reasons for going to this part of the world, most of the initiative to go is just….to go somewhere. As I sat, pen in hand, at the 1st Annual Meeting for the Center of Civic Engagement, the words spoken from the mouths of the Panels entered my mind, transporting me to somewhere I had not expected to be. I listened to the directors of Al-Quds, Smolny, the American University of Central Asia, and Bard Early Colleges; I was enraptured by the Institute of Writing & Thinking, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard Globalization and International Affairs, the Bard Prison Initiative, and on the list went.
While we joked about how Bard’s Network was just a never-ending list of acronyms, I felt moved to do something about the reduction of these programs to just posters pinned to bathroom stalls, or torn placards above broken water fountains. Even as a Bard student, I had no idea how much passion, inspiration, and breadth were possible within my own school’s network. And so the summer begins with a plethora of amazing journeys and internships, as a mere appetizer to the budding future work of the CCE.