Well, we’re back! In fact, our time as Vagabonds is quickly coming to an end. After several layovers, delays, and thunderstorms we touched down safely in Baltimore’s BWI. We didn’t get much time for relaxation though; the next morning started bright and early back at the Alumnae/i House—returning equipment and debriefing on the experiences we’ve had over the last two weeks.
Later that evening we headed downtown to Joe Squared, a pizzeria/bar owned and founded by Goucher alum Joe Edwardsen ’03, for a young alumnae/i happy hour. The event was well attended, with appearances by some of the Alumnae/i Affairs staff, recent grads, a few current students, and even two former Vagabonds—Debra Lenik ’10 and Maura Roth-Gormley ’10— who completed the East Coast route last year. It was great to be welcomed back by so many familiar faces and get re-acclimated to Baltimore in such a fun place.
Today our alumnae/i gathering was on the other end of the age spectrum, over at Broadmead Retirement Community in Hunt Valley. Both us and the East Coast Team piled into the Goucher van to drive over and meet with over thirty alumnae at what is fondly known as “Goucher North,” due to its high population of Goucher alumnae residents. We enjoyed a sit-down lunch at one of Broadmead’s restaurants and chatted with the ladies about our respective trips and what Goucher is like today. It was a really nice way to end our Vagabonds experience and the Broadmead residents seemed happy get in touch with current students and a younger generation of alums.
Anyway, now I sit in an empty office at the Alumnae/i House writing this blog entry, and as soon as I post it my time as a Goucher Vagabond is officially over. Like the end of all great things, it is rather bittersweet. Ever since the Vagabonds initiative started up two years ago it is something I knew I had to do. Traveling across the country, seeing new places, meeting interesting alumnae/i, and talking to new students about college didn’t seem like “work,” but rather an amazing opportunity to take many of the things I’d learned at Goucher and share them with a wider community.
After completing the trip I can say the experience was all this and more. Not only did I learn about some fascinating people and see some amazing places, but I feel we reached a good segment of people who had drifted apart from their alma mater and reminded them that Goucher is a special place.
Of course this trip wouldn’t have been possible without the support and foresight of many, many people behind the scenes at Goucher. A special thank you goes out to the Alumnae/i Affairs staff who have been an integral part of this project since its beginning— Margaret-Ann Radford Wedemeyer for spearheading everything, Amy Eddy for handling all the technology, Cori Tyner for keeping track of logistics, and Denise Raspa for filling in the gaps in-between. Also thanks to the student interns Rachel Williams ’12 and Olivia Smith ’12, who spent their summer organizing and arranging things for us.
Now I get to start my own journey as a Goucher alum. I now know I follow in strong and well-trodden footsteps.
Signing off as a Vagabond,