Thursday, September 6, 2012

Why College Is For Me

          College has never really been a question for me. Ever since I knew what college was I knew I would be attending. My father always expected me to go to college, he always told me how much of a gift my mind is and he always pushed me to use it to the very best of my ability. If I had chosen not to attend college it would have broken his heart. When I was presented a full scholarship to his alma mater I could see the pride and joy on his face and it made the moment that much sweeter for me as well. I have always been a daddy`s girl so making him proud was a huge plus for going to college.

          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. 


  1. We have just about the same idea for the reason we chose JSU! Back home we have a community college about 45 minuets away and just about everyone who graduates from our school attends there and like you I grew up with all of them and was ready for something new! I also think it's great that you want to mature because there is so many people who would rather be a baby their whole life or as long as their parents will let them. I can tell you are really headstrong about what you want and that will get you very far in life!

  2. I really enjoyed this blog! I'm most defintely partial to my father also. He gave me alot of advice in my life and it paid off. Living in the same city that you go to college inn is very odd, but it has its advantages and disadvantages! The degree you chose to take will be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! My brother actually majored in engineering, and he is doing VERY well in life! So best of louck in college.