I'll Always Love Baylor, But I Can't Wait To Leave Waco, TX

I'll Always Love Baylor, But I Can't Wait To Leave Waco, TX

Baylor friends, you know what I am talking about.

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I need to get something off my chest and speak from the heart. I absolutely love going to school at Baylor University, but I can't stand living in Waco, Texas, where Baylor is located.

There. I said it.

To be very honest, Baylor was never my dream school. I was waitlisted to what I thought was my dream school only to found out they didn't have my program of choice. It turned out for the better because I could not imagine attending that school and becoming just a number. I have loved my time here at Baylor so far, and I can't wait to learn and accomplish more here over the next two years.

But Waco, Texas, is the actual bane of my existence.

For those of you who don't live here, Waco is a small town with about 135,000 people. Every person in the United States seems to know about Waco because of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their iconic Magnolia Silos. Any time I mention that I go to school in Waco, people ask me if I know them, and I'm tired of it.

Coming from a suburb of Dallas, Waco is nothing like where I grew up. Every week back home, there is some new restaurant or new shop to go to, as construction is a gift despite its inconvenience. I am the kind the person that thrives off city vibes, so the slow and small-town feel of Waco is bringing me down constantly.

In Waco, there is a limited amount of things to do until you have done everything there is to do. Yes, Cameron Park has endless trails and the downtown area has a few gems like the Waco Hippodrome, an old local theater revived into a dine-in movie, and Cafe Cappucino, a small brunch joint that has pancakes bigger than your face.

But now as a sophomore, I feel like I have done everything that Waco has to offer.

Especially as a journalism major, Waco lacks a certain energy that I thrive off of. The hometown feel may be great for some, but I need inspiration from an action-filled, energetic, and hectic city. I am the kind of person that does well under pressure, against a deadline, and in a rush. Time in Waco seems to stand still and move slow, and that doesn't do anything for me. There is a lack of opportunity for me here, and every time I think about what internships I can get here in Waco I cringe and focus on ones in Dallas or ones where I can intern remotely.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go to class in the middle of a big city like New York, taking the subway to class, eating a quick lunch on the side of the street and interviewing at big name companies. Sometimes I regret not applying to schools in big cities or a well-known name to boost my resume.

But then I think about all the friends I have made and all the memories I have here at Baylor. I wouldn't trade it for a second, because Baylor is my first step to my career, and I am so thankful that I go to school here.

Waco, I love you, but you are bringing me down. I will be back for Homecoming once in a while after graduation, but you won't be able to find me until then.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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3 Reasons I Fell In Love With ASU, And Why Others May Not

I fell in love with Arizona State University the moment I stepped on campus, but it's not for everyone.

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Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the United State of America. During my college search, I initially didn't think much of it, but I have grown to love it immensely.

However, the reasons I love it may be the reasons others may not be drawn to it.

1. School spirit.

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One of the biggest reasons I fell in love with Arizona State University was the immense amount of school spirit the Sun Devils have. I have always wanted to go to a Division 1 school with a big student section and ASU has just that. The satisfaction of beating the University of Arizona in the territorial cup is something I would love to experience.

Not only is there a ton of school spirit in relation to sports, but there is also a ton of spirit when it comes to tradition. Whitewashing the A on A Mountain, guarding the A, you name it, ASU has an unforgettable experience with your fellow Sun Devils.

Tons of school spirit isn't for everyone, though. A lot of people are drawn away from ASU because of the intense sports and spirit. Many of my friends are also not interested in sports and tailgating; they want a more intimate experience and that is totally understandable. ASU's school spirit isn't for everyone, but it made it the perfect school for me.

2. Diverse academics.

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At Arizona State University, we pride ourselves on being number one in the country for innovation, ahead of Stanford and MIT. This, paired with the numerous degree programs offered, is what drew me to ASU over any other college or university. I loved that a school so large still allows students to thrive in smaller classes with top of line professors. The ability for me to take classes outside of my major on hundreds of different topics is an amazing opportunity that other colleges did not offer.

Sometimes, however, so many degree options can be overwhelming to students. Smaller institutions can provide students with a more focused curriculum which is very appealing to students who know exactly what interests them. In addition, ASU is an extremely large, public university, and a lot of students prefer a much smaller setting. For me, ASU provides me with a large student body but small classes, which isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for me

3. The weather!

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Arizona is hot. That is a given. As a native Philadelphian, I am fairly acquainted with very cold, snowy winters and very humid, rainy summers. Something I have always longed for is to live in a place where I wouldn't have to deal with snow and ice and I found it in Arizona. 300 days of sunshine sounds like the place for me since all I am used to is snow and rain.

Sure, it still rains and snows sometimes in Arizona, but not nearly as much as Philadelphia. Obviously, the climate of the area ASU is in was not the deciding factor in my decision, but I would much rather be warm for most of the year than chest deep in snow!

Heat is definitely not for everyone. Arizona summers can get as hot at 120 degrees which can be unbearable to some. A few of my friends actually love snow and dream of going to places where they can have snow many months out of the year. Snow is great, but I honestly love the warmth Arizona has to offer to its residents.

Arizona State University has my heart, but it isn't like that for everyone. If you are deciding to go to ASU or not and are reading this article, take everything I say with a grain of salt. There are so many other reasons why I chose ASU that I won't get into in this article, but these are just a few of the bigger picture items I took into account. Other students at ASU also may not agree with all of these.

Everyone chooses their college for their own reason, and these are just a few reasons why I chose ASU.

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