An Open Letter to UMW

An Open Letter to UMW

To the school I thought wasn't going to be for me.

Dear UMW,

Let me start off by saying one thing. I love you. Let me be totally honest, I didn't think you were the one for me at first, but this has changed dramatically over the past year and a half.

I got accepted in the fall of my senior year and my family was more excited than I was. My dad and I took a tour, and I began to fall in love. The first building we were in was Lee Hall. At first, I felt overwhelmed with the feelings of being at a college and knowing this could be where I would spend the next four years. I saw the old buildings and Ball Circle, a place I could see myself doing homework and hanging out on on the warm days with my friends. I saw the UC, which wasn't quite finished yet, and was so excited to see what the finished product would look like.

I had gotten accepted to Longwood and Randolph-Macon. I thought almost for sure that I would be going to Longwood. You had kind of gone through my mind as something like "UMW? Yeah right!" I talked to my parents and I learned what a great fit you were going to be for me. You are close enough to home, but not too far away. If we're going to be honest, I had something in mind to keep my nerves at bay. That thing was the fact that I would go to UMW for a year, and if I decided after that that you were not for me, I would reapply to different schools.

Once freshman year had started, that thought had completely diminished. I had met so many new people. I loved my dorm in Room 341 of Virginia Hall. I had struck out with my roommate and two suite mates. We were one of the few rooms in the building with suite-style bathrooms. How lucky were we!

Choosing you as my school has blessed and continues to bless my life with many things. I reconnected with my best friend that I hadn't seen in about two years. That probably wouldn't have happened if I wasn't at UMW.

I love the school spirit at the basketball games and everyone yelling "GET DIRTY, GO WASH!" I love bench sitting. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go on and type in bench sitting. You'll see what I mean. I love seeing what campus looks like in the snow. So quiet and so peaceful. I think I can speak for many people when I say that T-Pain is our best President yet. I love going to Lip Sync in the Fall to watch the Disney Channel medleys and people making a fool of themselves. I fell in love with you the most at Eagle Gathering when we walked down Campus Walk as the full Class of 2019 to Ball Circle while people played the bagpipes and we each lit candles; what a special feeling.

I have never felt less than any of my peers. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Not everything is always perfect, but it comes pretty close.

Here's to the next two-and-a-half years!


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Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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