The fall of 7600 N Academic Drive, Peoria, Illinois, USA was before my time. Folks would tell stories of a glorious era when the grounds of Methodist College were alive with laughter and camaraderie.
In the days of old, the students of Methodist College would make their way through the halls of the institution, passing its many classrooms and buildings, eyes wide and minds eager. The classrooms were filled with the latest knowledge and equipment crafted by the most talented teachers from across the country. Aspirers from all walks of life would come to study and expand their horizons, to learn new skills and apply them to their everyday lives.
Classes included finance, math, english, social sciences and many more as well as extracurricular activities such as debating clubs and sports teams for students to explore and compete in. The students also had the opportunity to join student organizations and participate in cultural activities like dance, theater or music departments to further sharpen their skills.
That was until age and negligence caught up with the college and its grounds were no longer fit for learning. Although there have been attempts to speed up the process of restoring Methodist College back to its former glory, progress seems to be slow as obstacles still stand in its way.
Nevertheless, I am confident that our efforts will not be in vain and soon enough we'll see 7600 N Academic Drive back up in its full swing. A spark of hope remains within our hearts as we look at its current state, believing that one day it will blossom again into a warm environment teeming with life and knowledge like it did in its heydays.
It was a great pleasure revisiting Methodist College—a once vibrant part of my childhood memories—and it will be an even greater pleasure to see it restored in all its grandeur. Let us take a step forward in bringing this dream to life; for only then can we protect our past and shape our future!