Decisions get me all stressed out. I'm not good at choosing things. Thankfully, my college decision was much easier than anticipated! Here is why I have chosen Asbury (in no particular order):
- I was completely comfortable on campus. I was not nervous at all the whole weekend, which is unusual for me. I was surprised to discover how outgoing I could be. I only knew only one person, who I didn't see much of this weekend, but by the end of my stay there were familiar faces everywhere.
- The girls in the hall I stayed in were fantastic. They took me in immediately and made me feel as if I'd been living there as long as the rest of them. I was amazed at the feeling of community there. The dorms themselves were also amazing. They are by far the nicest I have seen in all my college visits. I just knew that I could feel at home there.
- I attended three classes and at the beginning of each the professors introduced themselves to me and then introduced me to the rest of the class. Several of the students in the classes remembered me and came up to me later in the day to chat. In classes I have attended at other colleges I was all but ignored by both professors and students.
- Chapel. I did not plan to go to a Christian college. In fact, for a time I was completely against it. I wanted to get out of my Christian bubble. However, it has become clear to me in the past couple of years (especially through Cafe and such) that God has designed me to focus on encouraging and building up fellow Christians rather than leading non-Christians to Him. Getting an education from a Christian perspective and going to Chapel, where I can make sure my focus is in the right place, will help me tremendously with this.
- When I visited a few other colleges I began to dread college a bit less, but Asbury is the first school to actually make me excited about it.
- And the number one reason: I remember distinctly the night in 8th grade when I participated in my first homeschool drama (A Charlie Brown Christmas). As I was leaving that night, I felt this incredible peace (probably the only peaceful moment of my 8th grade year, in fact). It was as if God was saying to me, "This (homeschooling) is my place for you." I had that same feeling in Chapel on Friday morning. I'm applying at Transylvania pretty much because Dad says I have to apply at more than one school, but I absolutely cannot imagine going anywhere but Asbury.