The treekids are students who live at Dickinson College's Center for Sustainable Living, aka the Treehouse. We strive to change our lifestyles to make less of an impact on the environment. But what really happens in the life of a Treekid? Are short showers and cozy sweaters all there is to being a Treekid?
We went on our house retreat this past weekend to a lovely cabin about an hour away from campus. Unfortunately, one of the cars got a flat tire on a windy mountain road after running over a very large rock. It was rather an ordeal, as the spare tire was also flat. Those in the car ended up spending 6 hours on the side of the road until the tow truck came to take them to the cabin. Once they got there, it was a blast. But treekids do know how to enjoy ourselves on the side of the road for the day- playing music, eating hummus, exploring, telling stories, and looking at the stars.
After a wonderful semester in Australia, it was quite weird coming back to Dickinson. My classes last semester consisted of meditation and sharing circles about our feelings on the environment. I spent every afternoon on the beach, worked on a community garden for credit, and gave my final presentation without even bringing shoes to class. After that, it’s hard to be back to real classes with real homework and papers. While I might not have missed how hard I always work at Dickinson, I did miss the treehouse SO much. The night before I came back, I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited to see my house and reunite with my housemates. It has been a hard transition already, but made so much easier by the other treekids. Whether we’re sitting on the couch in the kitchen and talking, playing in a kiddie pool in the backyard, or just quietly doing homework in the common room, my housemates offer such a support system and source of happiness. After my first day of school breakdown, I was so happy to come back to the house to unwind. Since, I have found more of a balance between Australian life and Dickinson life (I no longer wear shoes in my environmental policy class), and I’m excited to have fun treehouse shenanigans with my fellow treekids this semester.