As a senior in High School, and the oldest child in the family, I had no idea where I wanted to go to school and had no one to really follow in the footsteps of. All I knew was that I wanted to be a dentist and to do that I needed a great education. I began my search for schools by applying to every type of school you could think of. I thought that if I applied to every type of school then it would help me decide which one I wanted to go to. This didn’t end up being the case at all. I ended up getting in to at least one of each type of school I had applied to. This was a problem, considering I was relying on my applications to help me decide or at least narrow down my choices. A few weeks later I had a conversation about what type of school would be the best fit for me, placing my goals as the top priority. Through this conversation I decided that the place for me was definitely a smaller private school.
After making this decision, it was time to start the visits. When visiting PLU, there was a feeling when stepping on to the campus that I hadn’t felt anywhere else. There was a sense of community and welcoming that felt amazing. I loved that I felt so included in the campus without even being a student yet. All of the people seemed so excited to talk to me and tell me about the school, and their experiences.
After my visit I had decided that I loved PLU, the community, professors, and my admission counselors were all so helpful with my decision. The only think that I felt was stopping me from attending PLU was the distance. I am from Colorado, and moving to Washington seemed like huge change for me. All of my friends had decided to stay in state and I really wasn’t sure if I could be away from everyone. My closest family was six hours away which was something else that kept coming to mind. I decided that I was just going to have to do it, I loved PLU so much when visiting I convinced myself that it had to be fine.
This feeling lasted up until the day before I was going to move in. I remember being so nervous when driving to campus and thinking of everything that could possibly go wrong. Right when I arrived the feeling that I had when visiting the campus came back, everyone was excited to see me and help me move in. This was when I felt like PLU was my new home away from home. One of my favorite memories about the first week of school was my mom calling me when I was at one of the welcoming events, and I answered and said, “I’m going to go home now.” When I used the word home I was referring to my room, in my residence hall. This was the point that I realized PLU really was my home now, not just a place to stay for the next few years.
Soon after moving in classes started and I was so excited for the first day. I walked in and the professor was so excited to meet everyone, she talked about office hours and how she wanted us to meet with her. The open and welcoming personalities continued throughout my first day of class. It was something that to this day I will never forget. All of the professors at PLU are so excited to have you in their class; they want to help you learn more than just the subject.
After attending PLU for a semester I had become a different person. I had found who I was a bit more, made new friends and found that my passions had changed. I started wanting to major in Biology so I could become a dentist, and I found that this just wasn’t for me anymore. When I came to this conclusion I felt so confused and honestly scared. Being a dentist was something that I had wanted to do since I was in middle school. At this point I had to find another major since biology was not the place for me. Through the help of my academic advisor I found psychology.
Today, it is my passion. If you would have asked me anything about psychology a few years ago I probably would have laughed and said I would never do that. Things have changed for me so much since coming to PLU. I have found myself, through the help of those at PLU. Finding something to be passionate about and helping those in the world is something PLU strives for every student to discover. Since I have made my decision to attend PLU I have never regretted it. I have found what I want to do with my life, made some of the best friends I could have ever hoped for and had an unreal amount of fun. Things are much different than I had planned during senior year, but I’m so glad that I made the decision to come to PLU, things would not be how they are today without it!
Here are a few pictures from my time at PLU! I love hanging out with my friends, going to sporting events, and spending time outside- whether it’s sunny or snowy!
I also got to be an Orientation Guide, helping incoming first-year students adjust to PLU! It was awesome!
Thanks for letting me share my life as a Lute!!