Guest Columnist Emily Orbanek
Growing up, I remember watching movies like The Big Chill and St. Elmo’s Fire, mainly because my dad told me they were classics I needed to check off my list. I remember thinking how unfortunate it would be to turn into a twenty-, thirty-, or forty-something who spends her time yearning for those four magical undergrad years. At least that’s what I thought until June 2011 when I received my college diploma and quickly developed signs and symptoms associated with post-collegiate nostalgia. And I’m one of the lucky ones: I am employed at a top Colorado foundation and spend my time working with other recent college graduates, engaging in civic dialogue, honing leadership skills, and interacting with community and state leaders.