In my 20 years on this planet, the hardest decision I have ever had to face was where to attend college. After what felt like about 100 campus tours, I finally narrowed my options down to my two favorite schools, Auburn and Virginia Tech. The question I asked myself every single day was would I be cheering "War Eagle" or "Go Hokies" in the fall?
The beauty of AU and VT blew me away; the campuses were absolutely breathtaking. While I loved the greenery and colorful flowers that Auburn had to offer, the architecture at Virginia Tech made me feel like I was walking through Hogwarts. My older brothers always told me, "when you know, you'll just know". They said that right when I step foot on the perfect campus for me, I would get this immediate sense of belonging. Both of the campuses triggered that exact feeling for me, which is why I struggled so much with making a final decision. I also knew that I needed to choose a college that would provide me with that homey feeling. Although I'm super outgoing, I knew to have that family atmosphere was 100% necessary for me because I would be entering as an out-of-state student. I have a wonderful relationship with my family and wanted to find a school that truly felt like a home away from home. I knew that I would be homesick; however, being at a school that I absolutely loved would make it so much easier.
I had such a difficult time making a decision, but eventually, after weeks of going back and forth, I finally submitted my acceptance for Auburn. Thankfully, that decision to attend Auburn has proven to be the best decision of my life. I found my home away from home. I found the best friends, who I know will be my future bridesmaids. I found professors that will continue to mentor me in my future career endeavors. Most importantly, I found a place I will always call home.