Let Fate Take its Course

07.20.2011Hello, there! This past weekend, my best friend got married, and it was wonderful! My friend goes to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is also a biology major. She and I became friends in middle school, and we have been friends ever since. I know it is very non-traditional for people to get married in college, but I couldn't be happier for her. She really met a fantastic guy with a huge future ahead of him. He is already employed for the governor, and he hasn't even graduated school yet! Anyways, I want to share a story with you that I feel relates to all future college students. When I was a senior in high school, my best friend and I had decided we were both going to go to Ohio Northern University and live together. We were both very excited until one day we realized we weren't pushing ourselves. We both wanted to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and try something new, so we decided to go to different schools. I obviously chose UD and she chose MVNU. At the time, it was a scary choice, but that choice has made all the difference in both of our lives. If she had not gone to MVNU, she may have never met her husband. If I had not gone to UD, I may have never become a teacher. It is really something to think about when you make your college choice because the school you choose could potentially hold your future spouse, a job you never expected, a new city you had never been, etc. As exciting as this sounds, it is also just as scary. The transition from my small town, rural home to Dayton was certainly not an easy one, but I can't imagine where my life would have been had I not made that choice. I have certainly learned that I can be pushed a lot harder than I ever thought. I have developed a passion for Dayton that I had never expected, and I have made many friends that I love dearly. Moral of the story, if you are a embarking on your first year or last year at UD, take time to think about the ways UD has or will change your life. Have a great night!