The view from here is pretty inspiring.
From the Fort Lewis College campus, you can watch the sun rise from behind a pinion-and juniper-adorned ridgeline, and then see it set behind a sweeping range of mountain peaks, diamond white in winter and cool blue-green in the summer. Looking north you can see the broad, verdant, redrock-lined Animas River Valley, gouged from the forested foothills of the nearby San Juan Mountains. Southward lies the leading edge of the desert Southwest, a landscape marked by sandstone swells sliced with washes and canyons.
For those of us who live and learn in this amazing place, this scenic setting not only makes our view, it also shapes our viewpoint. That powerful landscape encircling us influences our perspective on the world, our place in it, and our sense of how to live on it. When people here look out over the mountains, they don't just think "pretty," they think, Go! The landscape here makes us prone to exploring and experiencing, to venturing and adventuring, to wanting to see and touch and do for ourselves.
And so wherever we go, whatever we do, we tend to take those senses of doing and going and insatiable curiosity with us. Into our daily lives. Into our jobs. Into our families and friendships. And here at FLC, we also take it into our classrooms and laboratories, onto our stages and into our studios. And we take our learning back out into those surrounding mountains and valleys and deserts and communities and businesses with us. Because we know from experience that when it comes to learning and growing and preparing for a career – any career -- nothing beats doing it for real.
That’s the view from here. And it’s pretty inspiring.