Wandering Around My Mind

Wandering Around My Mind

A Middle-Aged Ivy League Student’s Search for Nothingness

“With my car beginning its descent into the outskirts of town, a slight squeamish pang of nervousness overcame me. Joking, I told my boyfriend that I had changed my mind.

To say that finishing my undergrad education at Cornell University was a dream come true is too cliché for my taste. It was more like merging onto a road that I missed several miles back when I veered the other way.

This is the beginning of the memoir I wrote as my final paper for a philosophy class during one of the most pivotal times in my life: my last semester as an adult undergrad at Cornell University. It encapsulates (sometimes in the way only the esoteric wanderings and ponderings of one’s own thoughts can) the primary emotion that I was finally working through with success — regret about some of my earlier life decisions.

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