Miami University: The School That Built Me

Out here it's like I'm someone else, 
I thought that maybe I could find myself.
If I could just come in I swear I'll leave. 
Won't take nothing but a memory 
from the house that built me.

-Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"

I've been feeling incredibly nostalgic lately, missing friends I haven't seen and places I haven't been to in a long time. So, this weekend I went to Oxford, Ohio to visit Miami University for the first time since 2003, the year I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in architecture. There were a number of places I wanted to see again for sentimentality's sake, and I managed to get to most of them in the few hours I was in town.

My first stop most definitely had to be Western Campus (fittingly for a rogue human like me, located on the eastern part of Miami University). I lived on Western for all four of my years at the school.

The 2014 version of Western is both drastically different than the 2003 version and much the same as well. Most prominent is the lack of the Western College Program (phased out in 2006/2007). Peabody, McKee, and Mary Lyon are now filled with students studying a variety of majors instead of interdisciplinary students and architecture/interior design students. Nobody but Paula Abdul could have predicted how we opposites would attract and form a utopia both for a grade and for our livelihoods (hey, was that intentional?! Mind. Blown.), but we absolutely did. And the students living on Western now have no idea what they're missing.