A journey to our future! It was October 13, 2011 just before dawn when my alarm had gone off; finally the trip to our future was here. I anxiously jumped out of bed got dressed, brushed my teeth and fixed my hair, then quickly rushed out the door to pick up my girlfriend. I arrived at her house as she was just about done getting ready, so I said my goodbye’s to her mom and gave my word that we both would return safely as we headed for the door. As we drove back to my house we both talked about what the trip might be like and how we couldn’t wait to see the college that I have been waiting to go to for so long. By the time we pulled into the drive way my mom had all the bags ready by the door and we instantly started packing. Right before leaving I said told my dad goodbye and that we would be safe and wouldn’t try to rush getting there.
Finally we were off and headed for the Texas Interstate; from there Columbia, Missouri. Windows down with the warm air blowing and the sun rising it couldn’t have been a better day for a road trip. All morning long my mom, my girlfriend and I had a good time by either singing along to country radio or just going back and forth with jokes. Around noon we pulled into a McDonalds for a quick and easy meal on the go so we lost no time on the 15 hour ride. Before we knew it we were on the outskirts of Texas; still so anxious I took over in the driver seat. Time seemed to fly by while I was driving and going through Oklahoma it was a straight shot on the interstate to the Missouri state line. Still singing along to “The Highway” country radio and keeping each other company the day started to come to an end. With the bright orange-yellow sun setting just on the horizon and my best friend who is also my girlfriend right by my side I realized what an amazing day it has already been. The sun finally set around 7 p.m. and the traffic seemed to disappear by each passing hour. Out on the dark country road with the bright lit moon and large tree’s all aligned along the road was the view for the rest of the night. By this time my mom and girlfriend had found themselves comfy enough to get some rest. Arriving in Missouri and a short time later to the Hotel we were staying at I found a bit of relief that most of the trip has been a success so far. After a nice shower and about 6 hours of sleep we headed out again to Columbia. This morning was definitely a lot colder than the day before by about 40 degree’s but all bundled up and as warm as possible I was still ready to visit the college.
The moment we say the Columbia sign I smiled, as we followed the directions to the school we found it with minimal problems. But we still had about an hour to spare so we looked for a place to get some breakfast. We pulled into a small college café and it was overflowing with art and college life. Being an Artist I took my time admiring all the work that was to be seen as I had my meal. Now full and ready for the college visit we were on our way back to the school. Quickly, we parked and walked inside the admissions office where a student ambassador awaited us and handed us bags of very useful information after introducing himself. We had a full campus tour of all the dorms, classrooms, café, and athletic centers. Then we had a presentation waiting for us at the end of the tour where we were told about our scholarship opportunities and how great being a Columbia Cougar can be. Throughout the entire visit I just continuously fell in love with the college and couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.
Around 2 p.m. the visit had ended and we were getting lunch and heading back home. With all of us impressed and satisfied with the trip and visit we reminisced on what just had happen. The ride home seemed to go by faster and I couldn’t ask for anything better. Even now I think back to that moment and realize that going to Columbia College is a step into the right path for my solid career in becoming a Graphic Designer. For my girlfriend Columbia College would be the next step in becoming a Forensic Scientist and together we could give all the support we both needed to accomplish our goals.
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