My journey to Adrian College is unusual as compared to most. I didn't make my decision to attend AC until the end of May. I was torn between two different colleges and my choice was based on financial aid.
Although I didn't make my decision until May, my journey started back in October. I attended Bulldog 101 at the urging of my parents, not knowing much about Adrian College, I was pretty impressed. Coming to Adrian already thinking my college decision was made at another university, I left that day thinking that my decision had just gotten a lot more complicated. I applied and was accepted.
After 10 years of playing volleyball competitively, I thought I wanted to play at the college level. So I began to be recruited by the coaches as well. I went on a tour with a coach, and then stayed overnight with a friend from my hometown. It definitely peaked my interest in the school. After the visit in November, AC was put in the back of my mind as senior year took over.
Fast forward to January, one of the only snowy days of the year. I came to Adrian to attend a scholarship day. I met people that would be in my teacher ed major, talked to professors and came home with a scholarship from participating. Between November and January my decision to play volleyball in college was leaning more towards not playing. So I took a step back and looked at both the colleges I wanted to attend, and this affected neither decision.
To be honest, I am horrible at decisions. The thought of making a life altering decision gives me anxiety, the thought of possibly making the wrong decision made me feel like there was a boulder laying on my chest. I kept both options open, going to scholarship days at the other school I was looking at, and although I was top of my class in high school, I was never awarded any money.
Then one fateful day in April, I received a call from Adrian College. The call stated that I received a full-tuition scholarship. I felt as if a weight had been lifted, I was finally being rewarded for the countless hours I had put in to my grades and community activities to set myself aside from other students. I accepted, but I still waited to see if the other university would offer me the same deal. It gave me nothing, I couldn't imagine going to a school that did not appreciate all the hard work I put in. That is one of the main reasons I chose Adrian College. They recognized and understood that I sacrificed a lot to be top of my class. They knew that I put in the time and worked extremely hard. The relief I felt was indescribable when I realized that Adrian was right for me.
Fast forward about three years and I am now a junior in college, a marketing major set to graduate a semester early. I have made numerous friends and can honestly say that I know I made the right decision. I have professors that not only care about my education, but they care about my future and work with me to help me accomplish my dreams. God had blessed me at Adrian College more than I can say, and I am forever grateful for the education I have received and the people that AC has brought into my life.