This blog will be a really informal account of my life as a post-grad Smithie.

It’s been a little over a month since I graduated from Smith and it feels like forever ago. I have lived in four different places since and been back to Northampton three times. I tried to swipe into my house, but my OneCard was denied. Apparently it is time to go now– luckily the windows will always open for ma.

I have a lot of nostalgia looking back, I’m not going to deny that. But I AM excited. REAL life! Adulthood! Responsibility! Grocery shopping!

My friends, for the most part, have dispersed to different parts of the world; I am trying to figure out the limits of a business casual wardrobe and how to cook vegetables.

Speaking of growing up– the name of this blog is from an appropriately titled Bruce Springsteen song from his first album Greetings From Asbury Park.

I am currently an intern at the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio– a rustbelt hotspot of sorts. Today at work I was flipping through glossy-paged art books and started reading about Thomas Cole, an American 19th century painter. The Toledo Museum of Art has a big painting of his called The Architect’s Dream, which is pretty cute. He did a bunch of series of works that all had a cynical twinge to them, promoted an agenda of naturalism and whatnot. One series was called The Voyage of Life. The series includes four paintings: Childhood, Youth, Manhood and Old Age.

This is the second painting, Youth— doesn’t it look nice? And this, this is Manhood.

Growing up never looked so fun.