Earlier this week, I visited a friend of mine who started her freshman year at my alma mater, Austin Peay State University (APSU). We had a great visit and I am so proud of his little lady. But traveling to campus brought back so many memories of my college experience and including daily (very unhealthy) breakfast a Mountain Dew and a Pop-Tart.
I have always felt that I got a great education at APSU and felt fortunate to be able to attend college. But college wasn’t the best time in my life, I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, I commuted each day, and I worked like crazy. I was provided with a great place to live (my home where I grew up), my food was provided and my clothes washed. Most importantly, I had a great cheerleader, my Dad. My boyfriend at the time (my now superhero husband) worked more than I did and was going to school at night. Most of our dates were spent doing homework or going to church.
During my time at APSU, I didn’t have a lot of friends on campus or otherwise, I commuted to campus and most of the folks there lived on campus and my high school friends all went to other colleges. In retrospect, I should have made friends, because it would have made for a less lonely experience. Compared this experience to my masters degree experience several years later, I can’t believe I am the same person. I was even more busy getting my masters but made time for friends that I still have and cherish.
There really isn’t a point to this point, but just a rambling on…..