For the past several days, I and a bunch of my fellow Wartburg students had the opportunity to share our Wartburg stories with hundreds of prospective students, and hopefully future Knights, at Iowa Private College Week.
It was a brand new experience for me and it is one I will cherish for a lifetime. It has been so long since I went through the college selection process and I had forgotten what it was like.
I had forgotten those feelings you have when you get to see the building your major is in and see where you might get to spend most of your time, the wow factor you get when you walk into the W’s Hall of Champions, and of course, your face when you get to meet the Wartburg Tortoises for the first time.
Over the last three years this school has given me so much and it has taught me that I picked the right place to call home for my college career.
The friends I have made during my time as a Knight have become my family and people I trust and love.
The transition to college is a stressful one. For some of us, it is our first time away from home and our families, but that is the blessing about knowing you picked the right school. When you know you are in the right place is when you realize you aren’t away from home, you find out you are just in your new home.
College will teach you a lot, both in the in and out of the classroom, but the most important thing for you to learn is how to believe in yourself and your future.
Wartburg teaches that to its students every day.
This week has just served as another example of students showing their love for this school. For many of us it required a drive from hours away just for us to show the school we love with people in hopes they would fall in love with the same campus that means so much to us.
I have spent three of the best years of my life at this amazing institution and I wouldn’t change anything about the experience I have had.
At the the time of my very first visit I was planning on attending the University of Iowa, and had wanted to go there for three years. It took only 48 hours for Wartburg to go to the top of my list, and even though the idea of being a Hawkeye is still amazing, I know I made the right choice.
With only one year left I am excited to see what the future holds for me at Wartburg College, but no matter what happens or where life takes me, I know Wartburg will always be home.