West Virginia University Changed Me And Here's Why

West Virginia University Changed Me And Here's Why

West Virginia University is more than just four years.

You've probably heard it all before. Every article, video, or Instagram post that talks about college, says how their school is the best ever and you should all totally go there. I'm not saying that they aren't right because that statement is probably true for them. I'm going to tell about how this university has changed me and my life for good.

Ever since I was little, West Virginia University was my dream college. It was the team on the screen on Saturdays, and the constant merchandise flowing into the house. "A new WVU hoodie?" My dad would ask me. Morgantown was as big on my list as New York City was. When it came down to apply for college, I only wanted to go one place and that was the home of the Mountaineers.

If you have ever seen a small town on a TV screen then you already know everything about my hometown. Smithers, West Virginia is a place that everyone knows everyones business and you are related to over half of the people in it. The chances of a creative student getting out of that town and making it were slim to none, which is why I clung to the idea of college.

I waited impatiently on my acceptance letter. I checked everyday, sometimes three times a day, hoping that I would get in and be able to move away from my hometown.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was sitting at home on a Friday, waiting to go to a dinner at my church. I pulled out my laptop and decided to check my status and the words, "Congratulations Leah, You've been accepted," starred at me in bold. I jumped out of my chair and screamed. My dream had come true.

The first time I stepped foot onto WVU's campus as a student, I felt like I was in a movie. I stopped and looked at everyone and everything moving around me. I'm not going to lie, I almost broke out into song. From then on I went to experience everything that the University had to offer.

I took a wide variety of classes to expand my education horizons, such as world religions, novel reading and American Sign Language. I became a member of Omega Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega that allowed me to tune into my need to give back to others in the community. I went to countless football and soccer games, cheering for my team. I worked throughout all four years. I learned how to be an adult and manage my time. I can honestly say that because of West Virginia University I am a changed person.

I watched myself grow from a shy southern belle to a fierce and driven leader. I speak up for what I believe in, I understand the needs of others and I try to speak for those who do not have the voice to do so. I found my passion for journalism and photography; I strive hard to achieve my new goals.

West Virginia University is more than just four years of school to me. It is my home. I will always remember everything it gave to me and all of the sweet memories I hold of her.

Take it from me, West Virginia University is like no other college and you really should look into going here.

Cover Image Credit: Leah Schoolcraft

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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