By: Alexandra Caldwell
One of Robert Frost’s most famous poems, The Road Not Taken, comes to mind when I begin to explain my choice to attend Michigan State University. At the end of the poem Frost states: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” I realize that I attend Michigan State University with 50,000 other students, however not all of them have chosen the path that I have. I am a junior at Michigan State but this is my first semester at MSU.
I am from Holt, Mich., which is about a ten minute drive south of East Lansing. Upon graduating from Holt High School I chose to attend Lansing Community College for two years and then transfer to MSU. About this time last year, I was filling out my application and by February I received my acceptance letter. It was the moment I had been waiting for – I had worked tirelessly to make sure I earned good grades and to ensure the classes that I needed transferred. I signed up for my first semester’s classes in June and come August I was ready to start my journey as a Spartan. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my time at Lansing Community College. I had a great on-campus job and had made a lot of friends, but I was eager to start a new chapter.
My first month on campus did not play out the way I had imagined. I loved my classes and my professors were nice, but I missed my friends. Many of them had moved to other schools or had just stopped talking to me because I had moved on to another school. I had a hard time finding another job and making friends wasn’t my strong suit. Many of the people I met had already established their social circle on campus, since for most of them this was their third or fourth year at Michigan State. I often found myself intimidated by the number of people who had considerably more experience than I did. From my perception, many of them had completed three or more internships by the start of their junior year. Needless to say, I felt behind.
Fast forward to today, I have made friends and have a wonderful job. Even though my first month at Michigan State did not go as planned, things started looking up. Everything that I once considered frightening, I no longer found myself intimidated by. I joined Hubbell Connections in September when I was looking for an outlet to meet people. Interested in public relations, I thought that there was no better way to garner public relations experience than to join a student-run PR firm. I no longer feel behind and I am eager to gain more experience with the firm. As opposed to a few months ago, I now look forward to the future with confidence.
If you had asked me back in September if I made the right choice to transfer, I would have not known the answer. But if you were to ask me the same question now, my response would be a resounding yes. Going through the transition from a community college to a university has made me a stronger person and I feel as though I know myself better than I ever have before. All my doubts about making the right decisions are over. The route I chose to take was the right one for me, and that has made all the difference.