ODE TO MQ

I had my last class at Macquarie University before my exam next week, today. My current plans consist of applying for a MPH which, sadly, MQ doesn't offer.
  1. 1.
    I met you when I was twelve or maybe thirteen years old.
  2. 2.
    I was so crushed by anxiety and some really specific phobias that my mother sought out the help of your Centre for Emotional Health.
  3. 3.
    I remember walking between the buildings, along the walkways with canopies of green trees and wondering.
  4. 4.
    Wondering whether I'd ever be smart enough to belong to a place like you.
  5. 5.
    Time passed and my dreams changed a thousand times.
  6. 6.
    I forgot about your charm. I forgot about your greenery, your lake, your relaxed atmosphere.
    The generous, intelligent, caring people I'd met there.
  7. 7.
    You were my second choice and you were there when I failed.
  8. 8.
    Except maybe it wasn't failure, but a necessary diversion.
  9. 9.
    Maybe the path always led to you.
  10. 10.
    You have helped me grow, helped me learn things I would have otherwise never known.
  11. 11.
    You have hosted panic attacks and tears and poor decisions.
    Right here, actually.
  12. 12.
    You have introduced me to people I never would have met, at the exactly right time I needed them.
  13. 13.
    I know I can always return to you and walk your green walkways, breathe in your cool eucalyptic air.
    I also know it's never going to be the same again.
  14. 14.
    I've been with you longer than I intended and not as long as I would have wanted.
  15. 15.
    Thank you for allowing me to belong.