THE BIG REVEAL: I have chosen to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (otherwise known as Virginia Tech) in the class of 2020.
I spent the second semester of my junior year in high school officially, and unofficially, touring schools like Virginia Tech, Clemson University, University of South Carolina-Colombia, James Madison University, Coastal Carolina University, and North Carolina State. P.S: the trend is that I wanted to go South 🙂
The backstory: When I was younger (about the age of 9 through 12), I attended a girl’s soccer camp at Virginia Tech for 4 summers in a row. I absolutely loved it (well except for the thousands of gnats that surrounded my body at all times and the long hike to Chicken Hill). Fast forward a few years, and I pretty much had forgotten about Virginia Tech. My club soccer team had become obsessed with emailing college coaches and making sure they were being scouted, so somehow I managed to set my standards at UNC Chapel Hill level, which was out of my reach for both soccer and academics. It was during these next 2 years where I discovered that the college student-athlete was not the route for me; don’t get me wrong, I loved (and still love) soccer immensely, however I wanted more for my college experience since soccer had taken up most of my childhood-teenage years. Once I started to focus on my academics, I realized that although, technically, I had an above average GPA and grades, I was falling behind in comparison to the other kids in my high school class. My best friend, who always has excelled academically, re-introduced me to Virginia Tech; and for that, I am forever grateful. The first time I revisited Tech since I was 12 years old, was a somber and groggy day. It was the type of day that any high school junior visiting a potential school has nightmares about; rainy, dull, dark, and cold. Yet the moment I stepped out of my car I felt overwhelmed with happiness. My mama and I attended the official tour despite the the wet and groggy day, and when we started driving home I told her that “it was the school for me.” But, I’m not going to lie, my mama had heard that line several times before, however this time it was different. It was different because despite the dreary weather it made me extremely happy to be on the campus and then extremely sad to leave the campus. I’d like to think that the universe was lending me a helping hand, because at this point in my life I had absolutely no idea what or where I wanted to go or do with my life (but can you blame me, I was 17!). In a matter of one day, I felt like I had all the answers. I have never been so happy with a decision in my life and I am counting down the days until I get to move into my new home and be a Hokie!
Thank you so much for reading! A few upcoming posts that I have scheduled are: Tips on choosing a college, Growing up in NOVA, Online Dating: Roommate Style, and more!