As the months until graduation turn into weeks and then gradually into days, I feel more and more compelled to check off items on my “bucket list.” Living in Philadelphia for this time afforded me many opportunities to visit various museums and tour major historical sites. I ate at many great restaurants and spent a lot of my free time exploring the night life that Philadelphia has to offer. For the most part, I do not feel as though I have much else to cross off my bucket list in Philadelphia.
For one reason or another, I have always enjoyed traveling. One of my favorite places to be is in an airport, likely because it reminds me of childhood vacations and a time when things were much simpler and I traveled much more frequently. My first apartment in Philadelphia was a stone’s throw away from 30th Street Station, a large train station with connections to pretty much anywhere in the area. I always enjoyed taking NJ Transit back to my parents’ house during first year and frequented the station through my second and third years largely to visit friends and family in New Jersey and New York.
Now, as a fourth-year, my scope on the world has widened (somewhat). I just recently took a train to and from Washington D.C. with my mother and youngest sister to explore the monuments, museums and memorials for which D.C. is known. This trip made me feel “human” again and reminded me that I am a person outside of veterinary medicine. I have long forgotten how important it is explore one’s other interests and check off items on your “bucket list.”