Through my first year at Centre, I have had around five prospective students stay with me on overnight visits, and I have met many more visitors along the way. I really enjoyed getting to know these girls (and a few boys too), and they really made me think about why I chose Centre because without fail, I always get the question, Why did you pick Centre? I will be honest with you… I made my decision to come to Centre after talking to my favorite teacher. I cannot tell you how many nights I spent without sleep because I didn’t want to make the wrong decision, and I didn’t want anyone to get mad about my decision. Early on, I told everyone that I would decide by prom. Looking back on this, it seems a little weird. Why prom? I have no idea why I picked prom except that I knew that I would be able to cut loose at prom and know where I would be attending college in the fall. But, back to the issue at hand, why I picked Centre… At the beginning of the year, I was still not really sure why I chose here. I picked Centre because I loved how in the boonies it was, but at the same time, it was close enough to find civilization. I had visited twice, and I liked Centre just fine, but I had had just as good of visits at other places. I really appreciated the golf Coach at Centre though, and how much time he spent talking to me. It made me feel like someone really cared. Centre also had a very laid back vibe walking around campus, and I knew I felt just a little at home.
I didn’t always know that my decision was right, but I know now that it was. The biggest way I know that its right for me is the fact that we are a family. For the people who have read the blog, and those people who know me personally, know that this year I have been to hell and back a few times, but through thick and thin, the people I have met on this campus have supported me. I know that I am not always the easiest person to get along with, but my friends have been there when I needed them. I have seen this time and time again with other people as well. College is not always the easiest experience, but it makes it a lot easier when you know the community will catch you if you fall. About two weeks into school, I broke up with my boyfriend from home, and let’s just say it was awful. I had known these people two weeks, but they were all there to help me go through the process of the break-up. It still amazes me how they were. Even though you might not be super close friends with someone, they will have your back. That is the thing I love most about Centre is the safety net that I have. I always can find someone to give me a hug when I am about to have a breakdown over tests. If you fall, I will be the first one to help you back up.
The best advice I ever got was from my favorite high school teacher, she said, “Any college you go to, you will love it and hate it. You will love it, and then times will get rough and all you will want to do is go home or transfer, but that happens everywhere. Stick it out, and if by the end of the year you still hate it, transfer. ” There have been times where I have wanted nothing more than to leave and go home for a very long time but some of the best times of my life have been on this campus. You live through the bad times and live for the amazing ones. I know the decision all of ya’ll have to make is one of the hardest things I ever had to do, but I would choose here again in a heartbeat. It is worth the hardwork, fun, and studying. I am not trying to be biased, but Centre has changed me as a person, and has caught me when I have fallen many times. Also, when making the decision, trust yourself, you know where you fit.