Take me with you

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Parents are stressing and students are rejoicing because it’s time for college. I know many Rutherford County students are going their separate ways to schools of higher education this week and I am beyond jealous.

I’ve heard people say high school is the best four years of your life, but I would have to disagree. I loved high school and I made some life-long friends there, but those four years of college are something I wouldn’t trade for the world.

I graduated from Eastern Randolph High School in 2007. I chose to go to Catawba College in Salisbury because I thought the campus was pretty and it was a small school. Yep, those are the two reasons I picked it. If you can’t tell, I didn’t put a lot of research into choosing a college. Mostly because I had no idea what I would want to major in.

After I made a college decision, just like many of the seniors here I have talked to, the summer before move-in day was full of preparations. We shopped for everything I thought I would need which was a huge process. Extra long twin sheets, who thought of that? And I also ordered my first laptop. I thought I was very cool after that. Having a Dell was a big deal.

In June I headed out to a camp in the middle of nowhere for a freshmen retreat. I met some people that would be in my classes and we were split up for team-building exercises. It was fun but I still didn’t feel completely prepared.

Then August came and it was time to move in. When I first left good ol’ Randolph County to head to Catawba College, I will admit I was scared.

I didn’t want to leave my friends from high school and I had no idea how I would be able to make it without my parents.

I made up my mind that I was going to come home every weekend. I was sure there wouldn’t be anything that I wanted to do in Salisbury, plus as a girl who had never done her own laundry, I figured that I could drive an hour-and-a-half back to Momma who would happily wash my clothes. And since she was from Texas, I had only talked to my roommate once on the phone and I had no idea what she would be like. Back then I was pretty shy and the thought of going to a place where I didn’t know anyone was not my idea of fun.

However, the first few months of college changed that and I fell in love with it. At first I did go home every weekend to see my Randolph County friends but after I joined some clubs, started going to football games and met some people I realized college was going to be great.

By my sophomore year, my parents were asking me if I was ever going to come home. I couldn’t help it, there were always themed parties or fun events on the weekends that I didn’t want to miss out on. That was the year I joined two women’s societies, the student activities club and picked my communications major.

I could go on and on about my college experience, but I’m sure that you don’t want to read that much about it. Of course, it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There were some struggles, like math class, but I would do it all over again if I could.

So I wish all of you students luck as you move into your dorm rooms and meet new people. You’re going to love it. Do as much as you can and meet as many people as possible while you are there. And don’t worry, Rutherford County will still be here when you get back.

I am also wondering if any of you need a roommate. Please take me with you.