I grew up living on the West Coast my entire life. I was blessed to live in a place that put me fairly close to the ocean, while also being minutes away from beautiful Lake Tahoe and breathtaking mountains. So naturally, when I decided to venture to the midwest for college it took many by surprise. I applied to many schools but after a long and hard decision, I decided on the beautiful University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Let me be the first to say that I never thought I would be going to school in Kansas. I always pictured Kansas as being this dreary boring place straight out of The Wizard of Oz. However, towards the beginning of my senior year in high school my mom showed me pictures of their campus and told me about some of their great programs. We visited the school that February and here I am now, almost done with my freshman year of college. I was sold on KU as soon as we drove into Lawrence. If you have never been to the midwest before, I can assure you that Lawrence is the opposite of what you would picture it to be like. There are hills…EVERYWHERE. I also found Lawrence to be the perfect college town I had been looking for in my future school. Even though my mom and I toured the school in twenty degree weather and ice rain, KU still ended up number one on my list out of all 23 I applied to, and it was the best decision I ever made.
Living here has not been as hard of an adjustment as I was imagining it would be. Being away from my family is hard, but I have an incredible support system here at school that I could not be more grateful for. I gained 100+ sisters when I joined a sorority, met other friends through activities on campus, and met some great people in my classes. School was surprisingly enjoyable this first year and though my classes were rigorous, I had a lot of fun taking them. I had incredible professors and all my classes were extremely worthwhile. Being an International Relations major, I get to take a lot of history, anthropology, and language classes which I cannot get enough of. It is extremely hard to believe that now as I sit here writing this I only have three weeks of school left and then finals. First semester went by quickly, but it seems second semester went by in half the time. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me here at KU and I am beyond blessed to be able to call this place my home for the next three years. One down, three to go. Rock chalk!