We pass by the Gateway Arch every time my family drives me to Oklahoma from our home in Michigan. Just as it was symbolically a gateway to the west, the arch marks my journey west. Granted, I am just going to school, not fulfilling Manifest Destiny. Being the marker of my trips to school, the Gateway Arch inspires mixed feelings in me. On one hand, I like my friends here in Oklahoma the enjoy the freedom of college. On the other hand, I like my family (particularly my dogs) and my friends at work in Michigan. Every time I pass the Gateway Arch, it is like I am switching from one side of my life to another.