Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
I earned my Associate's degree from Lakeland Community College and then decided to pursue a Bachelor's in business at Miami. The Farmer School of Business has a good reputation for marketing, which is a big reason why I chose Miami.
I have always been a homebody, so transferring so far away was a big shock. I was nervous about my roommate, living situation, and making new friends - just the whole process, but everything was great. I now live off-campus with my roommate from my first year - we have become really close friends. All of the other girls that I live with were actually in the same dorm as me that first year as well.
I have connected with several of my professors because I was constantly asking for help. I had to conquer my unwillingness to do so, but the professors here are friendly and ready to help you. I know that professors deal with many students, so whenever they call you by name, it's a nice feeling. Figuring out what classes to take in what order was also hard, but my academic adviser sat down with me and really helped me.
America Reads is a tutoring program where you assist children in the local community. I was nervous to get involved at first because I wasn't sure if I was ready to balance schoolwork with other activities. But I did it, and I am glad I did. The kids look forward to it so much and helping someone learn is an amazing feeling.
I have learned that I can push myself a lot harder than I think. Making such a drastic change in your life - well at least from my point of view it was drastic - forces you to be a different person. It also taught me to not be afraid to make friends or to put myself out there. Hard work will pay off - that is a big part about what I've learned coming to Miami.