Bright College years, with pleasure rife,
The shortest, gladdest years of life;
How swiftly are ye gliding by!
Oh, why doth time so quickly fly?
The seasons come, the seasons go,
The earth is green or white with snow,
But time and change shall naught avail
To break the friendships formed at [insert university].
Bright College Years, the unofficial Yale song, dates back to 1881 (sung to the tune of the German anthem Die Wacht am Rhein). As we end our Back to School series with the end of formal education, it’s a fitting way to look back on the glory days of college. The quads, the reading, the late-night talks and snacking, the parties and friends: there is nothing in the world like a four-year university experience.
Our University Gifts hub is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to savoring your college memories. Find your university (or a university you have a soft spot for), and tailgate away – or whatever you do to celebrate! From the smorgasbord of possibilities, we have a few faves.
Like college pride, bumper stickers are universal. For any glowing U of Miami moms (all U of Miami moms), the Sebastian the Ibis bumper sticker is your gateway to pride anywhere you go:
We all must leave this college home,
About the stormy world to roam;
But though the mighty ocean’s tide
Should us from dear old [insert university] divide,
As round the oak the ivy twines
The clinging tendrils of its vines,
So are our hearts close bound to [insert university]
By ties of love that ne’er shall fail.
Should you find yourself far from home, from your loved ones and the things you know, you can take comfort in your alma mater. The University of Pittsburgh, with its Panther Head Water Bottle, will always be there, full and brimming, to avail you of thirst and bring you back to health and wellness, with every sip a “Hail to Pitt”:
In after years, should troubles rise
To cloud the blue of sunny skies,
How bright will seem, through mem’ry’s haze
Those happy, golden, bygone days!
Oh, let us strive that ever we
May let these words our watch cry be,
Where’er upon life’s sea we sail:
“For God, for Country and for [insert university]!”
Those days don’t have to be totally bygone, though. You can always keep a little bit of college with you, whether you need hydration or beachwear — or a midnight snack. Behold the UC Berkeley “Keep Calm and Bear On” Candy Jar. It’s fancier than our Ziploc bags back in the dorms – as it should be for us “grownups” – but has the same zany carefree spirit that we cherish (like our candy) every day:
That’s a wrap on our Back to School series. Happy summer, and happy learning!