Location, location, location…

Location. It’s usually one of the biggest factors that influence your initial college selection process and ultimate decision.

It's a long drive to Baltimore!

During my college search at this time last year, I had some pretty sizable reservations about leaving Texas and my southern heritage behind. I remember confidently telling everyone that I was only applying to Northeastern schools and California schools (to get as far away from Texas as possible), but in the back of my mind, I always thought about the distance that I would be putting between me and my friends and family. It was especially hard to think about leaving my brother (age: 14)  and sister (age: 12), as they were just starting to grow up. I knew that I didn’t want to miss out on their lives and be that anonymous older sister in college, yet I also knew that I really wanted to go to college somewhere entirely different from Texas. In my mind, throwing myself into a foreign environment would allow me to gain entirely unique experiences; thus, allowing me to become my own person. Ultimately, I decided that I would have to leave my friends and family in order to grow up and accomplish the things that I wanted to do with my life.

My Parents and I this past weekend!

A year later, I’m happy to report that my decision to attend Johns Hopkins in Baltimore was definitely the correct one for me. I love that I’m able to start fresh in a new environment and learn from such a diverse group of students. I’m also extremely happy to say that I’m just as close with my family and friends, if not closer. Facebook, skyping, texting, and calling have made it entirely possible for me to stay connected with my friends and family back home. There’s also a great tradition amongst almost all of the universities and colleges known as “Parent’s Weekend”.

Dinner with the Tennis Girls!

Our Parent’s Weekend was this past weekend, and I can definitely say that the weekend surpassed my expectations. From showing my family around campus to taking my sister to a couple of classes to making an extreme grocery shopping expedition to eating dinner with a few of the girls on the tennis team and their parents, it was a very memorable weekend. Most importantly though, I realized that I was just as close with my entire family as I had been eight weeks ago. Living in Baltimore has not severed all of my old ties from back home, but it has allowed me to branch out and acquire novel experiences that I know I could not have had in Texas.

My Family

Your old friends and family will always play a part in your life if you want them to. Don’t let the word “location” scare you!

4 thoughts on “Location, location, location…

  1. AH i cant imagine coming from so far! Not to mention the kids that come from Syria or something. But still TX is FAR and at least planes are around so you could get up here quickly for move in!
    Also, your bro and sis are going to follow after Big Sis KC and go big places. I could tell just from talking to them a little bit!
    Solid blog.

  2. I am so happy that you came to Hopkins, although it is so far away from your family. It seems like you had a great parent’s weekend and it is so nice to read that no distance could diminish your relationship with your parents and your younger siblings. Great blog !!

  3. Although I wish you were still in the south with me, I’m glad Baltimore is so fun! I will have to come visit soon! Love you!