Do universities still have “freshman orientation.” I guess they have to. The Old Soldier just came back from a hike around the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. There were students everywhere. Each major university is like a little city-state. The University of Pittsburgh still claims it’s a non-profit organization.
It’s a hazy, warm afternoon. I looked at all those young faces. For many of them, life will not turn out the way they expect it to. A few will not even make it out of their 20s. A few of them will be movers and shakers. Most will lead ho-hum lives of joy and pain.
I enjoyed my experience at the University of Pittsburgh. I never thought I would graduate from a major university, especially after I hit 40 years of age. I got my degrees in writing from Pitt when I was in my 50s.
There was no freshman orientation for me. I was amazed when Pitt accepted most of my credits from an Associate Degree that I got from the local community college way back in 1972. I hit the ground running at Pitt as a second semester sophomore.
The Writing Program
The University of Pittsburgh has a well-respected writing program. All my instructors were supportive. They allowed me to pursue my two obsessions: flash fiction and the work of Raymond Carver. Although the graduate program was more about learning how to teach writing (as a grad student I taught undergrads my second and third year), you could still get a lot of your own writing done if you managed your time.
So, another school year begins at the University of Pittsburgh. I expect to see a lot of Pitt students at Nico’s in Little Italy on Saturday nights for karaoke. Now what do I want to sing at my next karaoke performance?
- Pitt Students To Attempt To Break World Record (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- A Pillar of Education: The University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning (scholarhero.wordpress.com)
- Haiku And The Flash Fiction Writer (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)