Experience

So, I Picked My College! – How I Decided and What’s Next for Me

I’m happy to announce that I will be joining Temple University’s Class of 2022. This decision seems unsurprising in the long run but if you’ve talked to me in the past month you may be a little bit confused. Hell, even I was a bit confused!

Temple has been my number one school for a few years and it has always been in the back of my mind as the university I would be attending. However, after a visit to University of Maryland and a very captivating campus tour (seriously, the tour guide had us all roped in), I suddenly decided to pursue admission at University of Maryland, claiming that it was my definite first choice. Maryland was definitely my reach school and every fiber of my being had be questioning whether or not I would actually get in. So the night I was accepted, I feel like the overwhelming sense of accomplishment blinded me from actually considering all my options, and for a brief time I almost forgot about Temple University.

But after a month or so of “marinating” in my options, I decided that I only wanted to go to University of Maryland because I thought I couldn’t. I wanted to prove to myself, and my learning disabilities, that I could kick ass and get whatever I wanted. If you think back to over a year ago, one of my first posts talked about how I had tried out for the dance team and failed miserably, but that it let me become comfortable with failing and trying new things. But this time I’m learning the exact opposite: how to become comfortable with success and not letting it blind me from making the best decision. I don’t want to go to a university because I want to prove it to anyone, even myself- or even just “because I could”. I want to go to a university where I know I’m going to have fun and meet people that I’ll be friends with for the rest of my life. And for me, that is Temple University.

If you want to read more about my decision process, you can check out my article on Affinity Magazine that goes into more detail.

So what is next for Rebekah Harding?

Honestly, I’m not too sure myself.

I am currently admitted in the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple with a major in Journalism. I’m also playing around with the idea of minoring in Public Relations. Although, those two majors do really go hand in hand a lot of times. I will continue to study Korean (and perhaps a couple more languages) at Temple and I plan on studying abroad as soon as I am eligible.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me and how university will transform my writing and give me new insight on the issues of my community.

Until next time,

Bekah

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