Why did I choose UD?

" ""Why did you choose UD?"" is a typical question for any first year students.

I asked many of my friends at UD, those answers below are common responses that I heard so far.

-""Free tuition because my parent(s) work here""

-""Full scholarship/s""

-""A sense of community""

-""Friendly environment""

-""It just feel right to be here""

-""My parent(s) came here before me."" (Some are even third or fourth generation Dayton Flyers!)

-""I want to be close to home""

For me, it is not one line. It is a very long story!

My Lola, which means grandmother in Tagalog. Tagalog is a major dialect in the Philippine Islands.

My Lola is the reason why I am here today as a student at University of Dayton.

Less than a year ago, I was having problems with my academics during my senior year. I had no clue where to go. I applied to three different universities: University of Notre Dame, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University of Michigan. In all of those three, I set my major in aeronautical engineering.

I told my mother that I am unsure where to go, after high school.

My mother told me to pray, which is what my Lola would say. My Lola was a strong Marian, meaning that she devoted her entire life for the Blessed Virgin Mary. So one night, I prayed to my Lola, asking her to talk with God, so He can show me the way after high school.

Few weeks later, on one particular night, I got a phone call from University of Dayton, asking me if I?m still interested in UD. I was awed, but it did not just click for me. I applied to UD, few days after.

Then few weeks later, I got accepted to UD. To be honest, I was not excited because I was waiting to hear about other universities. So while I waited for admission letters, I visited to UD. UD does not just click right away.

Weeks went by, one by one, I got denied from three universities. I was left with University of Dayton. I researched more about University of Dayton. Turned out that University of Dayton is a Marianist university.

It was all connected. My Lola was a devout Catholic and a strong Marian. University of Dayton is a Catholic, Marianist university.

So one phone call from UD answered my prayer all along. I am meant to be here. I am HAPPY to be here. "