Somewhere between the large multipurpose room and the upstairs library (essentially the entire tour) I realized that what I was giving was not the mindless time waster I'd signed up for. This really sank in while I was talking about one of my favorite events, Midrash and Meal, when suddenly I was struck with what Hillel has come to mean to me. I realized, as I faced these two parents and their daughter, that I was giving less of a tour of the building and more a guided walk through one of the most defining and important facets of my life during these past two years.
When I decided to walk into Hillel my freshman year, my only real goal was to walk out with a costless dinner (free food is a trope in all decisions I make, even today). Within the next week I received an invite to a coffee date (ooh la la) with one of the lovely engagement interns, and not long after that someone had convinced me to show up for a (free) Shabbat meal. My life has been spiraling uncontrollably around this place ever since then; I ran for, and got elected to, the student board here and led a Passover Seder for eighty beautiful people. I've been involved with Ask Big Questions and I've received countless delicious, free meals. The friends I've made within the building are largely the same friends I keep up with outside and I realized, during that tour, that I had found in Hillel much more than a fount of free (delicious) kosher cooking. No, I had found at Hillel a place to simply be, with more good friends and engaging activities than I could shake a stick at.
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