My first year as a college student was one full of ups, downs, and in-betweens. I made friends that I then lost over issues never faced before because of never having lived with other people who weren't my family. I met incredible people who I will forever be grateful for having met and feel blessed to have gotten to know in the time I was at Ferris State. However, my path changed and I will be off on a new journey very soon this coming fall.
My changing journey was an interesting decision that I hadn't foreseen until it was almost the end of my first year at Ferris. When I made my decision to go to Ferris for my original undergraduate plans, it seemed to be the perfect fit. The other half of my relationship was there, the psychology program was great, it's close to home and I could live on campus and experience college life like the average college freshman who goes away to college.
Things didn't turn out as I had expected them to be including the end of my relationship, the dramatic ending of friendships, lots of stress from schoolwork and other things going on, and so much more. I'm more than happy that I got to attend Ferris to make lifelong friends, be introduced to college life and my field, but I'm happy with what will be a change of pace.
My decision to attend Michigan State University starting in the fall of 2018 was sudden and almost spontaneous, but I'm so excited to start all over again in a new place. With the intentions of attending Michigan State's Graduate School of Psychology to earn my PhD and eventually study and practice Forensic Psychology kick-started the huge change of transferring colleges after only a year.
My thinking was that getting into graduate school would be easier if I continued my undergraduate education there now, which in the end I know will be the best decision I've made for myself.
Not only am I going on this new journey, but I get to experience it with one of my most favorite people who I graduated high school with and someone who has been one of my greatest and most treasured friends. Starting the same journey all over again in a new place isn't always ideal, but starting it with someone you've spent so much time with otherwise makes it even more great and exciting than it already was before.
Michigan State University is going to be a crazy and exciting time where I will get to experience the college life that I've already known for a year, but I get to start all over with a great friend and a new one or two. A new place to live, a new school to learn my way around, new friends to be made and new classes to take. This is coming up quick and I'm so excited to take on this new upcoming journey.