I’ve been thinking lately about how fast my college career is going. Everyone always talks about how fast it goes, but I never truly knew what they were talking about until I experienced it myself. It seems like yesterday I was making the life-changing decision about where to go for college, and yet it was about four years ago. I must have applied to 20 different colleges, all of different sizes and locations. I never heard of ONU until I found it on Collegeboard.com. I liked the size, I liked that it was only 2.5 hours away from my home and that it offered DIII athletics. So I thought, why not visit this school and check out what it has to offer. I can remember very vividly the first time I stepped foot on ONU’s campus. I went to the admissions office, got a tour of the beautiful campus (I loved the trees and ponds!), met with Dean Fenton and Coach Witte, then I got to stay the evening with some girls on the volleyball team. I had a blast! I truly felt like I belonged here, which is apparently when you know what college to pick.
Throughout my (almost) four years here and with my last quarter left, I think I made the best decision possible for me. I don’t regret not going to a big school, like OU or UC with all my friends from home. Being from Cincinnati, my mother was always worried I wouldn’t enjoy the small town atmosphere. Cynthia was wrong. I love the fact that I can walk to class and see at least five people I know. I love the fact that all my professors know me individually and the bar owner in town knows my name. I love the fact I don’t have to pay for a taxi when I want to go out, as everything I need is in walking distance. I met the most amazing people and friends, had good experiences with the volleyball team and accomplished some things I never would have at a big school. I don’t have any major complaints about ONU. Only minor complaints, such as the fact the Freshman dorms are way too small (I don’t know how I survived there for a school year), security gives out too many parking tickets and the weather here really sucks sometimes.
Looking back four years ago, I have to admit that I must have been very smart to choose ONU as the college to continue my education and start the next chapter of my life. I can’t believe this chapter is almost over. These last 10 weeks in Ada, I am definitely going to make the best of it! Who’s with me?