Written By: Quintionna Parks
My poem is not quite a poem, it is more like a vision of my daydream.
My engine awakens. It’s just before dawn. The streets are still asleep. I’m a small SUV gliding down the road. Now, just hours later , the summer air holds a slight breeze. The year is 1993. I’m wearing bright blue pajama shorts with an all white tank top.I would stay in my pjs all day if I could. I stand in the kitchen, my favorite spot in the house. I look out the small window onto the yard of gorgeous flowers. Even though it’s summer I imagine myself in the Artic Ocean. Secluded. Cold. The thought makes me bundle up in my bed. I sit and imagine the day all over again.
The University of Illinois (U of I) establishes several environmental aspects that attain a beautified campus, in which everyone can benefit.
As one walks on the U of I campus – predominantly during the summer time, it is noticable how the smiles, laughter, and vibe naturally bounce from person to person. There are students jogging, riding bikes, reading books, laying in the grass and professors engaging in light conversation with one another. This ultimately enables visitors to see and feel the humanity and compassion throughout the campus, which is appreciated.
Two gentlemen enjoying the weather on campus. Photo by MyKeisha wells
Photo by MyKeisha Wells
(Kelly Stauskin speaks of her experience on the environment of the campus- “every staff member and every professor that we’ve talked to have been super gracious and nice..”)