My time here at USM has been tremendous. I've always wanted to go to college, partly because I didn't have a choice; my mother always told me I HAD to go to college. She herself didn't go to college and wanted her children to have more opportunities than she had. So, when I had been accepted to Southern Miss, I was ecstatic. Finally, it was time. While most students were anxious to get off on their own, I was not; I was ready. All during my senior year of high school, I was ready to get out of Vicksburg and ready to have my freedom. I graduated, and all summer I was happy about leaving. How cruel was I not to miss the place - and the family - that had raised me?
Apparently, I had some feelings. As coming to Hattiesburg grew nearer, I started feeling anxious. What if I didn't fit in? What if I didn't make any new friends? What if I flunked out? By the time Moving Day came along, I was a nervous wreck, especially since I was going to be on my own. On the day I moved in, I made friends and fit in with a small group of people who are my best friends today. I obviously did not flunk out, and am actually doing very well in school. I have responsibilities, and I have the University of Southern Mississippi to thank.