There’s something about Mary: Goodbye, yellow brick road

November 6, 2008

by Mary Nash

“I cannot forget where it is that I come from. I cannot forget the people who love me. Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town. And people let me be just what I want to be.”

Although I have never been one to agree with John Cougar Mellencamp, his ideals represented in his 1985 hit “Small Town” speak to me of a person who is as scared of change as I am in this moment. Now, I don’t want you to write me off as one of those people that cannot see the better facing them. I do like new innovations (my iPod Touch is never more than a few feet away from my side), but for the most part, change seems scary but a necessary evil.

Lately, my life has become nothing but change.

Shortly, I will be forced to give up this small town of Tech which I have known for a little over three years to go off into the big town known as the real world.

The truth is I feel just as stubborn as Mellencamp does.

Just like his, all my friends are small town.
The truth is, the people I have met here are some of the best anyone can ever hope to meet.

Even though they might find it quite nerdy to use a song from before I was born to relay my feelings, something like this fits me to a “T.”

I have been able to experience the comfort of having one of the best roommates and friends imaginable, meeting one of the best, most beautiful Alabama citizens one can find and learning of another culture from two of the finest sisters on God’s earth.

These people along with the rest of the Tech Talk staff have really allowed me to see it all in a small town and have a ball in that same small town.

Equally as important, I was also educated in this small town.

I never really knew what it was like to have a teacher so fervent about their subject; they translate that energy to you and make you truly realize why you entered your profession and at the same time share your passion for all things pop culture.

I remembered why I became a journalist after forgetting because of the ho-hum of each passing week.

In the past few months, I have felt the veil of reality slowly changing the black and white to color.

I can’t click my ruby-red slippers to make my way out of this one, but I can sigh and know I have the skills needed to take me to the big town if I choose. However, I can also take the beaten path between the small and big towns. Maybe that’s where I should be. No golden, easy steps for me. Rather I’ll choose the long way and take the scenic route.

So, goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Mary Nash is a senior journalism student from El Dorado, Ark., who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to man016@latech.edu.