There are 1,755 acres of lush landscape and historic brick buildings. It’s a chilly morning in January as I walk the snow covered sidewalks of what I hope will be my new home in 3 years. Everyone I pass smiles and says good morning.
There was not a harsh look or cruel word to be seen or heard despite the cold weather. This majestic place is Ohio State University. I was 15 years old when I went to Ohio State for the first time.
I knew then, as a high school sophomore, that I was looking for a place to spend my college years. As soon as I entered the gates of this magical campus I knew then that this place was like a 2nd home. I attended a women’s and a men’s basketball game and the overwhelming support from both students and fans was amazing and they showed their pride for their school.
The campus is dotted with brick buildings dating back to the mid 1800’s when the school first opened its doors. The campus has its own arboretum with hundreds of types of trees that are commonly grown in the state of Ohio and the grassy Oval in the center of Campus is always filled with hundreds of students playing games, napping, having picnics, or studying for their next big test. As a high school student you dream of life away from home and the freedom that college life will bring to you.
The most helpful advice that I have ever received from someone came from a guidance counselor. They told me that when you choose your college make sure that it feels like home because for at least the next four years that campus and surrounding town will serve as your home. Ohio State had so many friendly people and the town offered so many conveniences that I knew even from my first visit that I could feel at home.
This trip taught me that you can have more than one home and that your choice of college should feel as welcoming and safe as your hometown.
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