When I was in my senior year of high school deciding on where to spend the next four years of my life, I thought that I had it all figured out. I was going to attend Eastern Illinois University, study Music Education, have a blast, and make the most out of my college experience. I was excited about college because it was all so new, and a fresh start.
I never thought that I would become a transfer student. I was entering my freshman year as a Panther and I was going to graduate as a Panther. I loved EIU and had a great experience there for the most part. However, the negatives started to outweigh the positives. After being told I wasn't good enough from professors, constant drama with floormates and "friends", and not feeling like I was being challenged enough, it was time for me to move on to bigger and better things.
I was scared to transfer, but it was extremely terrifying. I didn't want to have to restart to whole college experience again.
I started to fill out my application to Illinois State University, but it wasn't until the fall semester of my sophomore year that I had the courage to send it in.
I wasn't worried about getting accepted. I had the grades, involvement, and commitment they were looking for. I could transfer anywhere that I had my mind set on. However, I was ready to move closer back home and have the support of my family while I was trying to juggle life.
In a matter of hours, I got accepted and it was time for me to start writing this new chapter of life. I, of course, had to break the news to my friends that I was leaving, and my mom and dad that I was moving back home. Everyone was extremely supportive of my decision and wanted the best for me. All I had left to do was pack up my dorm and convince myself that change is good.
During my life, I have always been scared to venture out and change. The unknown has always been a setback and caused me to not step outside of my comfort zone. However, transferring to a university that was twice the size of what I was used to, having to meet new friends and faces, and starting this new adventure caused me to embrace change.
Until I transferred to ISU, I never knew how much I could fall in love with a place, especially a college. I was unaware of how much pride I had for my school, and I am so undeniably proud to be a Redbird. I was terrified of change and starting fresh, but it was exactly what I needed. Change is inevitable, but it can be such a beautiful thing. If I would have never transferred, I wouldn't have the amazing opportunities that I do today like writing for Odyssey, rebuilding friendships, becoming involved in new SRO's, and having the chance to see new faces every single day. I am so glad that I decided to transfer, finish the chapter of my time at EIU, and start this new adventure.
So, the next time that you are scared about making a life changing decision, do it, because you could be missing out on so many life changes. Change is terrifying, but amazing at the same time.