The Washington State University Facebook page posted the above picture yesterday with the simple caption, “Students on their way to class on the first day of Fall Semester 2012! Go Cougs!” – and though it should have occurred to me already – it dawned on me, fast and furious, that it’s been TEN YEARS since I started my freshman year.
I had moved from an Air Force base near Tokyo, Japan all the way across to the Pacific Ocean to the small, rural college town of Pullman, Washington. Although I could have chosen any university in the state, I chose WSU (Wazzu) for a few reasons:
- Excellent Communication program (the Edward R. Murrow School – now the College of Communication)
- Scenic (albeit hilly) campus
- Drastically different…I had never lived in the United States before – and certainly not in a non-city environment
I spent four awesome years in Pullman – changing my dorm four times, and thankfully, my major only once (from Journalism to Public Relations). I loved and loathed those ‘uphill both ways’ walk-commutes to and from class and definitely earned the ‘cougar calves’ that carry me on my runs today.
Looking back at my college days, I have to smile. I met so many amazing people – friends, classmates, professors and TA’s – they all made my experience memorable.
So, at this decade milestone, I just want to say THANK YOU, WAZZU – for everything you did for me. I’ll never forget you.
Where did you go to college?