Letter from the editor: HOME ISSUE
By Kaitlin Schluter, editor-in-chief
“Home” is a funny word in my vocabulary, especially as a college student. It takes on many meanings, zip codes, sights, smells and memories. As I continue to get older, the transformation continues until I’m left feeling confused about where my sentiments lie.
Home, to me, used to always be San Diego. As soon as I saw the Coronado Bridge or passed by the Qualcomm Stadium off the 5 freeway, I knew I was home. “Home” wasn’t limited to sight either. Nothing could bring me “home” better than my grandmother’s banana bread or the smell of carne asada fries. When I moved to college, Azusa became another home. I gained friends that felt like family. I longed to return over school breaks. I even spent more time sleeping in the dorms, crusing the Cougar Walk and eating in the cafeteria than I did at “home.” And, to make matters more confusing, I studied abroad my sophomore year to Washington D.C. That too, inevitably, became more familiar and comforting over time. I found a church I loved, a coffee shop I practically lived in, and a homework spot overlooking the National Mall.
But how could I be “home” in three different place, let alone all at once? I’m still figuring out the answer to that question but it’s good to know I’m not the only one.
When choosing a theme for our last magazine issue, the concept of “home” came up in conversation. Our reporters, probably like you, have also struggled with finding “home” away from “home.” The articles listed on this website show other students taking the same plunge, finding home in recipes, in community and even through songs. Whether you’re looking for your first off-campus apartment or interested in couch surfing, we’ve got a little taste of “home” to offer.
Enjoy the read and thank you for joining us this semester.
Kaitlin Schluter, Editor-in-Chief of Collide Magazine