7 Reasons Why Anderson University Is The Best School For Me

7 Reasons Why Anderson University Is The Best School For Me

I can't imagine being anywhere else.

College students everywhere say "I go to the best school!" Everyone wants to tell others about how their school is the absolute best college in the world, but I just want to say why Anderson is the best school for me and why I have loved my two and half years here.

1. That sense of community I felt the very first time I visited and that I still feel today.

When I meet with prospective students and their families on admission tours, they always ask me what drew me to Anderson and the first thing I tell them is that I came for a campus visit four years ago and I could just tell that there was something different about the sense of community here. I also tell them that the feeling hasn't left yet, that sense of community is genuine.

2. The small school vibes.

My best friend from home, who goes to another college, came to visit me for the weekend and as I was showing her around campus, I ran into different friends of mine. It's normal for me to walk from one building to another and see at least five people I know, but she told me that she hardly ever randomly sees her friends around campus.

3. The freedom to be involved in so many activities.

From Alpha Psi Omega to working in admissions to Alpha Chi to work-study to yoga class, I love being involved. I like to stay busy and this is one way I can do that.

4. Being a double major.

Anderson was the only one school that I looked at that impressed me with both of their programs to the point where I just had to pick two majors. I love having a class schedule that is mixed with many different types of classes from performance based classes to lecture classes to video classes. Picking two different majors was the best decision.

5. The people who work there, like Mrs. Becky, Scott Taylor, and J.J.

If I'm ever having an "ehh" day, I always hope that I run into one of these people on campus. There is no one else filled with so much joy, they always put a smile on my face.

6. The friends I've met.

This one is a given, but I can't imagine having gone to a different school where I wouldn't have met all of these people who have made my time at Anderson so special. I met some of my best friends on the first day as a student and on our first day of class. I feel very blessed to have these people in my life as we go through these crazy four years together.

7. The way that Christ is evident at Anderson.

This doesn't have to be 1,0000 students worshipping the name of Jesus in chapel (but don't get me wrong, I love that), it's the way that I see Christ using AU to impact the community and the way that our relationship with Him affects our relationship with others. It's a simple smile from a stranger waiting in line at Books and Beans or someone waiting to hold the door for you or your professor helping host a Bible study or the way that your major course curriculum integrates the truths that we claim as believers.

I really love Anderson University, if you can't tell, and I am so thankful that the Lord had this plan for me long before I came up for my first visit. I know I'm where I'm supposed to be and for that, I feel very blessed.

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Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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My First Year Of College Wasn’t Great And That’s Okay

I didn’t adjust as well as I thought I would, but I made it.


Everyone always raves about how much they loved their freshman year of college. The independence, the parties, meeting all these new people from different places. It's a big milestone in your life. But not everyone has an amazing first year. And I'm one of those people.

Don't get me wrong. I was so excited about college. Finally getting to be on my own, experiencing all these new things. I even met people in my class before we moved in. And the first month was a blast...but then it wasn't anymore.

Eventually, I slid into this “funk", you could say. I was depressed. I never wanted to leave my bed. Some nights, I didn't even wanna eat dinner. And soon, my friends noticed but soon just stopped inviting me out.

At first, they still would, even though the answer was always no. But I guess they got bored and tired of me always saying no.

Soon, I didn't feel like I even had any friends and at one point, I even found myself debating going home to avoid being alone in my room all weekend. I would force myself to make plans, but found myself not wanting to go out because I got ignored every time I did. It wasn't worth it.

I was homesick, isolated, and just wanted to fit in.

When the year finally came to an end, I couldn't be happier. But now that it is over and I'm home, I realize how much I miss the people that were there for me. The people that came into my life unexpectedly, but it was hard for me to really recognize they care about me.

I absolutely hated my freshman year of college. Yeah, it started out good and I found my sorority, but I never felt like I was wanted anywhere. I felt so alone. I became so incredibly isolated and distant and it took a drastic toll on me as a person.

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This being said, my first year might not have been what I thought or hoped for. But I can truly say I am excited to see what my next year holds.

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