I’ve always been amazed at the way time seems to fly by. Seven hundred and thirty days ago, or two years, to be brief, I mailed out my first college application. I was a 17-year-old high school senior who was set on attending the one school that I applied to. As confident as could be, I opened a letter from Georgia State University in January 2011. Instead of reading an acceptance letter, I found out I was put on the waiting list. Devastated, I continued to read until I saw that my first semester grades from my senior year of high school were required for further evaluation.
Realizing that I would have to compete to become a part of the largest number of incoming freshman to be enrolled at Georgia State, I did just that. I finished the first semester of my senior year with all A’s. I sent my grades to Georgia State and was accepted in March of 2011. What a relief. With this experience in my background, my drive to succeed at Georgia State increased tenfold. I was determined to hurdle any obstacles life in downtown Atlanta would place in front of me — I was beyond excited. Georgia State University was already conditioning me to hit the ground running my first semester.
I got involved. Through serving on behalf of the highly esteemed 1913 Society, Georgia State’s student ambassador corps, I’ve been able to interact with many influential individuals within the university and Atlanta. I joined Infinite Appeal Modeling Organization and helped create the first ever men’s fashion panel discussion at Georgia State. As a result, I’ve been invited to dinners and fashion shows, and I’ve had the chance to contribute to a fashion blog!
Experiences are not always shaped by what happens to us, but rather how we respond when things happen to us. Without attending Georgia State University, I probably wouldn’t have grasped that idea as quickly as I did. Everything happens for a reason!