Happy to be in Sewickley

Saturday, May 9, 2020 | 10:26 PM

As the global pandemic has brought students home from colleges and universities across the country, I am extremely grateful to have come home to Sewickley.

As a current junior at Claremont McKenna College, I will admit that I was initially sad to return to Pennsylvania just as the weather was warming up in Southern California. But while we may all be quarantined in our homes, leaving only occasionally to go to the grocery store or Home Depot, I have found that this has been a fantastic opportunity to pick up new hobbies, expand the garden, and explore the backyard and local parks.

I am used to waking up early for full days of classes, part-time jobs, extracurriculars, and studying, and while classes and studying have not seemed to ease up, being home has freed up time to learn how to paint (or maybe to paint-by-numbers), take the dogs on hikes through the woods, and (after turning 21 in March) work through the wine stash and learn a little bit about wine tasting with my parents.

While these are certainly terrible circumstances, I am grateful to have a beautiful town to come home to with such enviable outdoors and warmhearted neighbors. So as the semester ends and students are left in uncertainty about what is to come for the next semester, I have to say that maybe it wouldn’t be so bad to be stuck at home for a little longer.