Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Editorials: Where I rant to the wall about politics. And sometimes the wall rants back.

Shining Colleges on a Hill

Jerry Stratton, September 27, 2013

It’s hard not to be inspired by a shining college on a hill1 that had the foresight to build on a hill, especially with the bonus of overlooking a large body of water.

Cornell had the same foresight. Even in the depths of winter—and Ithaca had depths of winter, not Minnesota-like, but wet and dense, like the winters off of Lake Michigan—if I could force myself out of the dorm room and look east to lib slope, the inspiration the college on the hill provided was enough to climb toward it.

And when it was time to leave, I’d descend to my dorm room for rest, and, later, descend to our Ithaca house rental.

When convincing people to work hard, inspiration makes a difference.

I’ve visited other beautiful campuses, and while the architecture is often grand and the foliage impressive, if your college isn’t on a hill, it’s missing something. Isn’t that why it’s called “Higher Learning”?

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Looking west, down upon Mission Bay from a position of higher learning.

In response to 2013 in photos: For photos and perhaps other quick notes sent from my mobile device or written on the fly during 2013.

  1. More than one college in this case.

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