Afternoon scenes from campus on the last weekend
before the start of classes: a mother and
her daughter walk arm-in-arm on the sidewalk
by Ring Road, sharing one last heart-to-heart,
one last long goodbye. Across the way,
sprawled on the grass, a camera-toting
dad gets a great close-up of a local rabbit
before climbing in the car and heading
home, leaving his son to his studies.
Bittersweet September. It’s
one of those times every year when campus really
becomes a place of family milestones. Convocation
is like that. But while convocation symbolizes
accomplishment, the start of the new school year
brings with it something less certain, especially
for new students, the majority of whom leave
home to study here. It’s the start of the
journey, not the finish, that contains the mystery
and the sense that adventures are about to unfold.
Anxiety. Enthusiasm. Excitement.
Minor fits of panic. They are all part of the
back to school vibe that students bring to campus
each and every September. Summer isn’t
so quiet, with bands of young kids taking part
university’s various summer camps. There
are summer studies and conference delegates from
around the world. But nothing compares to the
first days of September.
Even if you are years removed
from classroom, somehow the days between the
waning summer and the first chills of autumn
bring an urgency, a fresh charge of energy. It’s
a time for new and renewed friendships and a
new set of challenges for the mind.
“Day One,” our
cover feature this time around, is a photo essay.
Through the talents of six photographers we bring
you back to campus to share the life of the university
as it was on September 8—the first day
of a new year of classes. We hope these portraits
bring back memories of your own UVic Septembers,
and the feeling that just about anything is possible