CJ in Taos

CJ is a sophomore economics major in Dedman College and finance major in Cox School of Business. In Fall 2009, he is participating in the inaugural fall semester at SMU’s campus at Fort Burgwin in New Mexico.

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A report for our first day of Dr. Adler’s “The Taos Experience”:

My first thoughts when I arrived here were of how surprisingly large Taos is. I’d expected an extremely rural area – the type where your neighbor lives “only a few miles down the dirt road.” Downtown Taos was comforting for a city-boy like me. I’m not afraid of the country, and actually find it almost romantic, but it is nice knowing that civilization isn’t too far out of reach.

I was able to explore Taos and the surrounding area during my first two days before classes – driving through the winding mountain roads was incredibly foreign. The second night I was here I’d driven to Santa Fe. The 90-minute drive back at midnight was pitch black, lonely and scarily quiet. I saw only three cars the entire drive. I remember actually gripping the steering wheel at 10-and-2, knuckles clenched tight to be prepared for any unexpected sharp turns.

Several times I realized how easy it would be to fly off the side of the highway, crashing into the boulders below – with no one the wiser, no cell service to call 911, and an ultimately lonely death. Wonderful.

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