S3 Scribble #15: Silver Springs

“Time cast a spell on you, but you won’t forget me.”

It’s Valentine’s Day, so for my blog today I’ve chosen a love song (though not a positive one) that I haven’t been able to get out of my head recently: “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac. While it doesn’t quite relate to anything I’m experiencing in my personal life at the moment, the passion in the song always makes me want to stop what I’m doing the second it comes on and sing my heart out. Whether I’m on the escalator at Walgreens or in my room at home, I can feel the emotion in Stevie Nicks’s voice as if her feelings were my own.

“I know I could’ve loved you, but you would not let me.”

Even though it’s only mid-February, Spring Break is just around the corner. I can hardly believe that I’m almost done with my senior year of college, and, slowly but surely, I’m starting to see my future plans develop. Things like scheduling graduation photos with my friend group remind me that graduation is a few short months away. While I’m excited for my future, I know I will miss my friends and Ann Arbor dearly. I’ve been so fortunate to have found so much love so far away from home. I came to the University of Michigan not knowing anyone, and I am going to leave with a supportive community of friends and mentors who I plan to treasure for the rest of my life.

“I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you.”

Even though “Silver Springs” may be a sad type of love song, my Valentine’s Day is filled with nothing but love and positivity for those who surround me. I’m lucky enough to have friends who surprise me with thoughtful gestures and words throughout the year – Valentine’s Day is just one of the many times we show our love to each other, and, for me, a time to reflect on how happy and grateful I am to be living a life that is bursting with love. 

“Give me just a chance.”

My high school self would be amazed by how far I’ve come and by the community I have established here. As a tour guide, I am constantly reminded of how I’ve grown since senior year of high school and how much I have to be grateful for about my life at the University of Michigan (and my life in general). Ann Arbor is a special place filled with special people and a whole lot of love, and it is a privilege to be a part of it! 

“You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you.”

Listen to Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVE4aOUX2iM

Sydney Braun

University of Michigan Class of 2024. Pronouns: she/her. Double Major in Environment and Communication & Media. Huge fan of 80s/90s music, not a fan of single-use plastic water bottles. Be sure to check out Song Scribbles With Sydney, where I use my favorite music to help analyze my emotions and experiences at college, posted every Wednesday!

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