Carolina in my heart. Georgia on my mind.
Little over 4 months ago, I graduated from a beautiful town in the Creek known as Campbell University or as I affectionately call, my orange heaven. Campbell gave me the greatest adventure and I certainly wouldn’t have made my way down to Georgia without all the invaluable experiences this university gave me. I’m still shouting “GO CAMELS! GO AMERICA!” till the day I die.
In July, I moved out of the land of the pines and headed down south to the Classic City that is Athens, Georgia and it still feels like a dream. I’m still learning the art of balancing the road to earning my master’s degree in public health and working at my graduate assistantship with University Housing, both at the University of Georgia. It’s been a crazy learning experience thus far but I’m constantly surrounded by such enthusiastic, lively, and driven individuals so needless to say, I’m in good company.
While it all feels like a dream, it still doesn’t come without its challenges and obstacles. For a someone who went to a small undergraduate institution that was only 45 minutes away from home, this five hour move to one of the largest universities in the southeast is the wildest thing I’ve ever done and I’m so glad that I did. It goes without saying that I’m facing the next inevitable chapter of my life, change.
But change is good. Really good.
Change challenges you to be better. Change forces you out of your comfort zone. Change teaches you appreciation. Change is the voice that encourages you to meet new awesome people even if it means you fumble your words ten thousand times in one conversation (like me). Change tells you to take a different route to campus then you get lost in its vast beauty but you’re stuck on GoogleMaps for an hour on 14% battery (yes, me). Change is getting over your fear of phone calls and slowly becoming a champ at it (emphasis on SLOWLY). Change is an awesome thing if you let it. Other times, change makes you want to fall out of your office chair and take a nap on the floor (guilty). Change makes you want to scream of anxiety when you attend a university of 40,000+ people. Change is wishing teleportation was a real thing so you can instantly take yourself to the places where the people you love are.
Change can be hard but change is also so refreshingly good.
In this season of change (I’ll stop saying change now but you get it), we
should have to support each other. You don’t know how much it means until you so desperately need it. Whether its in the form of FaceTime calls, Snapchats, letters, texts, or a lunch date, I can attest that it has given me all the confidence and ammunition to finish what I’ve started (thank you, you wonderful people). So support your family. Support your friends, those near and far. Support your coworkers. Support your bosses. It goes a long way.
There are days when I think, “What am I doing with my life?!” but there are more days when I think, “Wow, I can’t believe I get to be here.” However, I’m always missing the stars in Buies Creek, my family in Fayetteville/Washington DC and my best friends who are scattered across the globe. But for right now, I know I’m in the right place doing the right things with the right people because we’re all still trying to figure it out.
So thank you, UGA, for choosing me.