And so the journey began, a fifteen hour ride from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, this was going to be interesting. This journey was to see the area and the colleges in Cookeville and Nashville. Wow, the mountains were huge and glorious in the light of the sunrise. Tennessee was going to be a magnification place to begin the long journey, also known as my life. My previous journey of my life was disrupted by the gas drilling that has occurred in the area.
Pennsylvania was always a place known for its beauty of nature, of the acres of wildlife running free and bold. Without a care or harm in the world they lived. However, all of that changed drastically when the gas and oil company declared they would be drilling in our tiny area called Dimock, a place we all use to call home. So the destruction, chaos, and devastation began. Wildlife and home life were destroyed forever, if they weren’t affected they will be later down the road, either it being cancer or having to move too.
So away we went, away from this state to see the new town we will eventually live in. We had about eleven hours down when we entered Tennessee, and the atmosphere couldn’t be any happier being only four hours away from our destination. We were going to be there for four days and it already felt like that wouldn’t be enough time to do all the things I wanted to do. However on the top of the list was to visit the two colleges, Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech University. We were finally there in Cookeville and it was amazing, all the things to do compared to the McDonald’s we had in Montrose. I thought to myself this was going to be the best, living down here.
On the second day my family and I took an adventure over to Nashville, which is about eighty miles away from where we were staying in Cookeville. Nashville was an amazing city, all the building and stores to look at. We finally made our way over to Tennessee State University after getting lost, the campus was huge. After getting information about the college, there was some disappointment because this wasn’t the college I had seen myself in. On the other hand the Opry Mills Mall was huge, and I could definitely see myself in that mall! There was so much history to absorb in Nashville, and it was a totally great experience to actually be there where a ton of my favorite country singers have been.
The next day we were back in Cookeville and heading over to look at Tennessee Tech University. From what I read online about this college, I knew it was going to be awesome. So we were pulling up to the campus, my jaw dropped, it was even more spectacular. Then we went inside to get more information and you couldn’t ask for any nicer people, the inside was nice. This was the college I could see myself in. This college couldn’t be anymore perfect, they offered my major, and it was located in Cookeville, the town where I wanted to live and start another journey.
It was sad to leave Tennessee, a place that so deeply touched me. A place that was very religious, a place that was beautiful, a place that had so much to offer. A place to where I will be moving to as soon as I get out of high school, to continue with college at Tennessee Tech. This will begin a new journey, a new journey where I will call Tennessee my permanent home, and end that journey to find a new home. Just from one journey I found the state I want to live in, the town I want to live in, and the college I want to go too.
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