Coming into the University of Georgia, I was pretty sure I would know or be connected to about 10 people. All of these people being my friends from high school. Even then, I didn't think I would even see them on campus on a normal basis. The University of Georgia has nearly 38,000 students. Graduating high school with a class of seventy-eight people, I knew it was going to be a big adjustment for me. I had been so used to knowing everyone at school, and I thought the University of Georgia was going to be a lonely place for me at first. I was so wrong. The connections I have made here, and the people I have met have truly shown me how small this world actually is. Even at a school with 38,000 students, you can't go anywhere without running into someone you know, it is something that baffles me every day, but is also one of the many reasons I love the University of Georgia.
These small-world connections began the week of sorority recruitment, on bid night. Having gotten a bid from my first choice, Alpha Gamma Delta, I was on top of the world. I texted my mom the picture of my bid card, and as soon as I got to the Alpha Gam house, my phone began chiming like crazy. They were all texts from my mom telling me to look out for certain girls because she somehow knew their mothers, either from college or work. This wasn't too out of the ordinary, considering my sorority has about 300 girls, but I still thought it was pretty cool. Flash forward to about a week later, and my mom texts me about a particular girl in my sorority. Apparently, her name was Lauren, and not only did my dad attend high school with hers, but her mom delivered me when I was born. What?! I was shocked, how in the world did we end up in the same sorority? Little did I know this girl was going to become one of my best friends. It is so crazy how life brings people together. I learn about connections like this nearly every day here, whether it be small, like mutual friends, or mutual hometowns, or big, like finding out someone's mom was my delivery nurse. I am amazed constantly by the connections I have made between the many awesome people I have met. It is so fulfilling to realize that life isn't as random as we may feel and that these instances have the ability to bring people together. My best friends I have made since attending college have all been connected to me in some unique way, and I think that is pretty amazing.