My senior year high school as I was preparing to apply to colleges and start the rest of my life, I found a University that felt like the only choice for me, the beautiful, TROY University in Troy, AL.
Although there was NOTHING other than the University drawing me to this small town, I loved it and knew that there was no other choice for me. Sure, I applied to larger Universities in the state, but none felt like home quite like Troy did.
I knew that being 4 hours away from home would have its hardships but after living in Troy for almost 2 years now, I know it has made me a better and stronger woman.
The only family I have in Troy are my sister in my sorority, friends and peers in campus organizations, coworkers and my church family. Being this far from home has forced me to step outside of my high school bubble and be different and embrace change.
Being completely on my own has forced me to grow tremendously and that growth wouldn't have happened living under my parents' nose. I have gotten a job on my own. Passed my classes with flying colors on my own. I have made friends on my own. I have had to deal with sickness, sadness, homesickness and heartbreak on my own. But most importantly, I have established my reputation on campus to my peers and professors on my own.
Big deal, you might think. But do you know why all those things are so special to me? They are something I am so proud to call accomplishments because I did them ON MY OWN. I have become a strong independent woman that I feel that I can be proud of and carry self-confidence. Have I always been this way? HECK NO. It took lots of struggle, slaps in the face and failures for me to get here, but because I moved 4 hours away from home to a tiny South Alabama town where I knew no one and faced all these things on my own.
I feel that I will forever be changed into a strong woman who will always have Troy to thank for everything it has given me. From friends and sisters to memories and a great education, to my changed outlook on life and a more independent way of life.
Thanks, Troy U for being the best decision I ever made.