Salvation is almost here. It is the last week of my 10-week travel season and I’m ready to put the road behind me. The last weeks haven’t been tiring just for me, but for everyone else in my path.
High school counselors are trying to get letters of recommendation and applications out for students and that means they will rarely meet with me now when I visit schools. Students have been through so much for college preparation, like writing essays and applying for scholarships, that I’m lucky if any students sign up to meet with me for visits as well.
It’s crunch time and everything is winding down.
Traveling has been a great experience for me. I’ve learned a lot about myself and had the opportunities to take advantage of my travel. Last weekend, I got to go to Pittsburgh to see my newborn niece, Meera, just two days after she was born. That precious little gem put a lot of things into perspective for me.
This job has been great for networking, experiencing new things and seeing old friends and family. But at what cost? It has meant time away from my home, Castleton, which I truly feel is one of the best places in the world. It has meant time away from my wife, which has taken the biggest toll on me, and I feel it has taken a toll on her as well.
After being away for so long, Castleton just feels like the place I describe to students and counselors.
“Trust me, it’s absolutely gorgeous there, especially with the foliage,” I’ll say.
The usual response I receive is “Oh how is the foliage?” or “is it starting to get cold up there?”
The only thing I can honestly say is “I don’t know, I’m not there.”
I’m ready to be home, with my wife, and feel grounded for the first time in almost three months. Like I said, this has been great and I will be forever grateful to Castleton and the Admissions Office for giving me this amazing opportunity.
But as it’s time to look for a new job, I’ll be looking a little bit closer to home.