When seniors in high school are looking for colleges to continue their education, most tend to want to move far away from their family and look to start a whole new life. However, that wasn’t the case for me. I went to Blissfield High School and had four phenomenal years. However, senior year of high school turned out to be a bit more stressful than what I originally thought it was going to be because I had no idea where I wanted to go to college. I remember researching colleges in Florida to ones all the way up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I took many visits and no particular college felt like “home” to me. At one point I had thought of not even going to college because I didn’t know which college which would be most beneficial to me. This all changed when Adrian College came and visited my high school.
All throughout high school I pictured myself moving far away to go to college. I wanted to start a whole new lifestyle. I never really considered Adrian an option and had never been there until I took a visit. I know that’s hard to believe since Blissfield is only 20 minutes from Adrian. When I first stepped foot on the Adrian College campus there was not one thing I didn’t like about the college. The faculty, athletics, and the overall environment of the campus; everything just felt right about Adrian. After my visit I remember telling my family I think I have found my new home for the next four years: Adrian College. I received numerous concerns and questions such as “Are you sure you only want to move 20 minutes away from home?” or “Why aren’t you going somewhere further away?” I replied with a simple statement of why would I want to go somewhere else when all I have ever wanted in life and for a college experience is 20 minutes away from each other. My family, my dog, grandparents, friends, and the college that was the best fit for me is all within a short drive.
It’s been two years since I have graduated high school and I couldn’t be happier with my decision of becoming a Bulldog. I have made numerous lifelong friends, been involved in campus organizations and activities, and I am on a great journey to become a physical educator one day. Adrian has essentially become a new home to me, but I am fortunate enough to have my real home 20 minutes away. There are way more positives than I have ever thought to imagine of living not so far away from home. I can get my mother’s home cooked meals whenever I want. There is nothing better than having an unlimited amount of home cooked meals in your fridge at college! Instead of paying money to do laundry, I just make a short drive home to do it there. I love my family and they are what keeps me going, so whenever things are getting tough in college, I know I can make the drive to spend time with family or watch an episode of Wheel of Fortune with the grandparents. I love the fact that each week I can do all of my college activities, while I get to spend quality time with the family as well. Unfortunately, I know one day I will not always have the luxury of living so close to my family. When the job offers come, I am willing to accept any position at any location in order to receive a job as a teacher. I know one day my family will not be just 20 minutes away, so that is why I cherish the time that I have with them now. I am very lucky and blessed to have such a great family as well as the privilege to attend an amazing college. I know I will forever be proud to be an Adrian College Bulldog!
- Dakota Suiter