I started college at THE University of Alabama 14 years ago this week. Time sure flies! The freshman who are starting college this semester (Today, in fact) hadn’t even started kindergarten when I was starting college. To this day, choosing to go to Alabama is the single best decision I have ever made in my life. I know with complete certainty I would not be the person I am today without my experiences in college, and I also firmly believe that if I’d gone to any other college, my experience would not have been the same. Don’t get me wrong. My college career wasn’t always roses and sunshine. It came with its share of trials. About two weeks into my freshman year, I called my parents and told them I wanted to come home. I was 10 hours away from them, and it was the first time I’d been that far away from home for any length of time. It was like I was starting a whole new life, and I didn’t really know how to do that. No one from my high school went to Alabama with me. A lot of them went to FSU or Florida. But I’ve come to realize that in working through those trials and making it to the other side stronger and wiser because of it is what makes me know Alabama and I were meant to be.
During my five years at Alabama, I met some of the greatest people God has put on this earth, in my opinion. These people made me believe in friendship, again. They’re the kind of people you can call at 3am in the morning and they’ll answer. They’re family. I miss them and Alabama every day of my life. In the end, I’m thankful that my parents wouldn’t let me come home because by making me stay, I found “home.”