It’s Show Us Your Life Friday @ Kelly’s Korner and all about your alma mater.
When I was looking for a college, I knew that I wanted a school that on the smaller side. I had looked at a few schools in Iowa. When I got denied to the one I really wanted to go to, I decided that I wanted to move out of state. Even as a child, long before I should be thinking about college, I always wanted to go out of state to somewhere like UCLA. Of course I ended up far from there. After searching a website that compares what you’re looking for in a college, I came across Ashland University, in Ohio.
I wanted a school with a good Criminal Justice program, with smaller class sizes and thought AU would be the school for me. To my surprise, I was accepted. Ashland University is about an hour from Cleveland and Columbus in the heart of Amish Country in a small town.
I had to deal with my family being upset that I was going so far away. Even the week before I was to leave for college, I thought about backing out because I had became really close to some of my friends and didn’t want to leave them. But I kept telling myself that “I just need to get there and I will be okay.”
And, okay I was. The hardest part was saying good bye to my mom and grandmother when they left me that first time. The school was small and generally you ran into the same people in passing and my roommate was a social butterfly, so I met a lot of people really quickly.
Within a few days of the start of classes, I met my “big brother” and best friend after we realized in our second class of the day that we had almost the same exact class schedule (and for the next three years).
I also met my other BFF during my freshman year when we lived on the same floor together.
The next four years went by super fast. Even today, I’m not sure where the last almost 9 years have gone. It’ll be 9 years in August, since I moved to Ohio.
There were times during those four years that I thought about transferring schools because of different political reasons that I wasn’t sure I agreed with, but every time I weighed my options, AU was the place I was meant to be at. The class sizes were small enough that everyone knew everyone and the professors knew you by name and were always available to help as needed. In fact, I still keep in touch with one of my favorite professors and.
I majored in Criminal Justice and had a concentration in Sociology. Some of my best experiences in college came from the internships that I did thanks to the connections the professors have in the area.
By my Junior year, I moved off campus and enjoyed having my friends over for parties and a good time. Yes, I’ve always been this domesticated.
I know that God had a plan for me and knew that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and I’m so thankful that he pushed me away from what I was comfortable with and gave me the chance to spread my wings, because had he not, this would be a completely different story. I have a great group of best friends that will always be my BFF’s no matter where life takes us.
I find it funny to see how we’ve all changed in the last nine years. Nine years ago we were concerned about getting papers done and studying for tests. Then we graduated and were worried about finding a job in our field. We all got married in the same year. And now we are all trying to start families. It’s amazing how live changes in a short period of time.
If you went to AU please leave a comment, I would love to hear from fellow alumni.