My father was far from the only reason I wanted to attend college. Towards the end of high school I was ready for a big change in my life. I had grown up in the same small town going to the same tiny school with the same people I had known my whole life and I was sick of it. I could have gone to the junior college back in Pell City but I would have known over half of the people there and that was the last thing I wanted. I was ready to go to a whole new place with all new people. I loved the first day when I walked into a classroom and didn`t recognize a single person. It was a brand new experience and that is exactly what I was looking for.
I was also ready to move out of my parent`s house. I love both of my parents dearly but I was ready to mature and get on the road to independence. I chose a school that was far enough away from my hometown so that I didn`t know everyone but was close enough that I could see my parents on a regular basis. I feel that college is a wonderful stepping stone between being totally dependent on your parents and being totally dependent on yourself. College gives you a taste of the freedom and responsibility that you will face as an independent adult without drowning you in it.
My final and most important reason for attending college is the degree. I am studying pre-engineering here at JSU and I will go on to get my bachelor`s and possibly master`s degree in aerospace engineering from another university. I want to work for NASA someday and I hope to have a part in designing a space shuttle, a satellite, or maybe even the next Mars Rover. You absolutely cannot do that without college. I have big dreams for my future and a college degree is key to achieving them. College may not be for everyone, but it is definitely for me.