Thoughts on the College Experience
January 25, 2016
Category: Alumni Blogs
2007 Catawba alumna Lauren Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md., recently blogs about her take on the college experience.
I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had many thoughts outside of work. But this weekend as I’ve had a change to breathe and relax I met up with two former professors who were bringing students to DC. This has inevitably led to reminiscing about my four years as an undergrad.
I went to school at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. With about 1000 students it was over twice the size of my high school and therefore huge. In comparison to many other colleges I realize it is actually quite small; but for me it ended up being the perfect fit.
I had a lot of fun in college. I made some good decisions and my fair share of bad ones. Some of my best friends in the world were made in those four years and some of my best memories. If I really reflect on those years they were so much more than happy times; they were formative. I certainly didn’t graduate knowing my path in life or having a plan for my future. But I graduated knowing that I had a community of people who cared about me, who I could go to for support, who believed in me. And I discovered those things in the offices of my professors. Those professors who opened their doors to me to vent my frustrations, to share my concerns, to talk about life, those professors who gave me advice and guidance, who answered my questions, who went above and beyond. They helped cement my love of learning. The impact my professors had on me helps me realize that I can have that same impact on the students that I work with.
Almost nine years after graduating I know that those professors still care, support, and believe. So thanks to them.