Much of what we process in the archives belonged to former students of this campus, from the days of Georgia Normal & Industrial College through the days of Georgia State College for Women and more recently, Georgia College. I was adding a few donations from alumni when I opened a box to find a rat cap sporting different pins and patches. These caps were common in the GSCW days, and students have always personalized their caps with ribbons, pins, and patches, so their appearance was no surprise. What was a surprise was the red “I am loved” pin on the cap.
When I was 8 years old, my family took our first (and only) trip on a plane to go to Disney World. I was nervous because of the intimidating people at security and the threat of hijacking; this was May 2002, not long after the attacks of 9/11. My seat on the plane was separate from but close to my family. The seat next to me was occupied by a young woman who I thought must’ve been a real grown-up because she was traveling alone. In reality, she was probably no older than most of the students at Georgia College. She had a backpack covered with colorful pins and when she realized how scared I was, she started talking to me. The flight was only an hour, but it felt like the longest conversation I’d ever had in my young life. I don’t remember much of it now, but she told me not to be nervous, that no matter what happened I was loved. When the plane landed she reached into her bag and handed me a red pin with white letters: “I am loved.” Continue reading ““I am loved”: A Marketing Campaign Marks Milledgeville”