Yesterday evening turned overcast and rainy; but yesterday morning was sunny and balmy. There were a good number of people in Schenley Plaza, most of them probably students of the University of Pittsburgh. They sat under the pavilion or at the tables near the food booths, eating and drinking, talking and studying, reading and tapping at their tablets.
For some reason when I left the plaza and crossed Forbes Avenue to start back to my apartment in North Oakland, I decided to go into the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh. I haven’t been inside the Cathedral of Learning in months or maybe even years.
I entered on the ground floor and walked up to the first floor and walked from the Forbes Avenue side of the first floor to the Fifth Avenue side of the first floor. It’s like being in a cavern. The ceiling is high and the lighting is low. I figured if security stopped me and asked what I was doing there I would say I was just an alum revisiting my old alma mater. I still carry my graduate ID in my wallet. The ID was issued to me in 2003.
Students were coming and going and there were lots of students in the Commons Room, reading and studying. Seventeen years ago, when I returned to school as a 50-something-year-old sophomore, I was one of them. Fourteen years ago I was in the graduate writing program and I was their instructor: a TA (teaching assistant).
Usually, when I walk from North Oakland all the way to Schenley Plaza and around campus I take a bus back to North Oakland. But the weather was so nice and walking through the Cathedral of Learning brought back so many good memories that I walked all the way back home.
Hail to Pitt!