A Really Big Year


In the 23 short years I’ve been alive, I’ve only ever had one goal for myself.

  1. Graduate from college.

That’s it. I remember being in Kindergarten and thinking, “Holy cow. I have 12 more years of school left! And then 4 more years after that!” And then I might’ve cried a little because that’s a really overwhelming thought at 5 years old.

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1st day of Kindergarten + 1st day of Senior year of college

But alas, I came to love school and each year that brought me closer to college was more terrifying and exciting than the last. When it finally came time for senior year of high school, I panicked. It was a truly terrible year. All of a sudden, I had no idea what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to go, or how I was going to pay for it. So much to think about, so many big decisions to make.

I ended up staying near home and going to community college for 2 years to get all of my basics done while I figured out what I wanted to major in. I also got to intern at my church with a most incredible human named Ms. Alisha, and she helped me discover what I was good at and passionate about.

As all of my friends were going off to their big four-year universities that fall, I remember really struggling with being happy with where I was. I felt like choosing community college was somehow a negative thing and that I was settling for something that wasn’t going to be worth anything in the long run. It wasn’t that I didn’t get accepted anywhere – I had a ton of incredible schools to choose from. But I didn’t want to waste precious time or money at a big expensive school when I didn’t even know what I wanted to do there. All I ever wanted was to go to college and get a degree, and what I ended up doing was so unconventional and uncomfortable. It didn’t match up with the picture in my head at all.

Funny thing is, I’m still learning that lesson. God is so patient and good and He’s brought so many incredible people into my life during the last 5 years. They encourage me and push me to be better. To look beyond my own tiny vision for my life and strive for the purpose that God has for me. I learned a lot of important lessons during that season and as hard as it was, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I really enjoyed my time at community college. I had some great professors (and a few not-so-great ones), I made some friends, and I learned the importance of saving money. After 2 years, I transferred to Texas Christian University, and that’s where the fun really started.

Going to TCU was a big leap of faith, but after a lot of prayer I decided to go for it and it was the best decision EVER.

Even though it was an hour away from home and I already had 2 years of college under my belt, I still felt like a tiny baby freshman walking up to my dorm that first night. It didn’t really help that I got lost twice on my way there (curse you, I-35!). But looking back, that was just the first of many uncomfortable days that turned into something I couldn’t even have anticipated.

During my 2 years at TCU, I learned so much. I had the best professors who cared enough to get to know me on a personal level and helped me to succeed in the real world. I got to study abroad in London and Panama (don’t even get me started on how amazing that was – another day, another post). I had some interesting roommates… and some truly wonderful roommates and incredible friends that I love like crazy! I loved living on campus and getting to be a part of the daily activities and exciting things happening there. From the snow days to the concerts in the commons, there’s no shortage of wonderful memories!

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Go Frogs!

And can we please talk about the football games for a sec? RIFF RAM BAH ZOO. GO FROGS. Too many epic touchdown moments in the student section to count. Also, baseball. I mean, who else stayed up till 2 a.m. for 21 innings to see the Frogs kill it in the playoffs? This girl. That’s who.

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Riff Ram Bah Zoo Give ‘Em Hell TCU!

All that to say, graduation day was the best day of my life. It was so bittersweet and wonderful. All of the love and support from my family, friends, fellow students, and professors was seriously incredible. There were 1,873 graduates in the class of 2015 – the exact same number as the year TCU was founded. What a time to be alive.

I don’t really know what prompted me to write about college. Probably the fact that today marks a year since the day that I walked across that stage and was handed my diploma. Or maybe it’s just a case of nostalgia. Either way, I don’t regret for a minute the decisions I made. I took that one and only goal and I put in a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and prayer to make it happen. And on May 9th, 2015, I looked back at that little girl with the big dream and gave her a giant high five.

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The best adventure ever!

Now it’s time to figure out what the next goal is…

xo M

{Ps. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite moments from college!}

One thought on “A Really Big Year

  1. What a time and how the years have gone so quickly!!! So proud of you, sweet girl, and I know the Lord will direct your steps into the future! You’ve got this! XO Mom


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