From an early age, we think about the idea of college and how different it seems to us. We think about how much bigger the school is than what we are used to. We think about the number of people that make up a classroom. We think about the professors, or “teachers,” as we still referred to them, and how they are not somehow close with our family in some way. We think about the people that attend these classes and how they seem to be grown adults, only to later realize they are just big kids in a way.
To a young student that is thinking about the idea of college, these factors add up to equal a peculiar amount of intimidation. That is, of course, until you grow a few years older, you mature, you take these factors seriously and you decide on the campus you want to call home for the next phase of your life.
For me, this home has been Eastern Kentucky University. When I started to filter through my options of colleges to attend, something about EKU made me feel comfortable with the decision. I was not too far from home, but I was not too close either. The campus is not too small for my liking, but it also is not overwhelmingly big. I also already knew a lot of people that were enrolled. Although these factors were a big influence, I am confident that I would have made this decision regardless.
As a graduating senior, it is easy to look back and sort through the good and bad times. The bad times almost always were the results of my decisions, so I am the only one to blame. As for the good times, I can give a great amount of credit to the community of EKU and the people that I have met through the years. I am one to always keep in touch with my friends from high school, but I can confidently say that some of my best friends were made at EKU.
As a freshman, I would only attend class and hang out with people that I previously knew. Starting my sophomore year, I joined a fraternity and began to be involved in extracurricular activities. This experience made it incredibly easy to make new friends and connections that have been nothing but beneficial for me. Something that I have loved about EKU is how close everyone is on campus. Not in a physical sense, but in the sense of relationships. It also never fails that you will walk by a familiar face in between classes, especially if you are close to your main building.
My main building is Combs; this is where I have spent most of my time for classes. With that being said, I have made some great friends within this building. These friends are not limited to students either! As a public relations major, I have grown very fond of the professors in the Department of Communication and they are obviously fond of their students as well. That has to be one of my favorite things about this campus in general. No matter what major you choose, you will grow into it and, in a way, be a part of a family that all help each other learn and grow to be better versions of themselves.
My time at Eastern Kentucky University has been nothing short of great. The whole college experience has been a success, and way better than I had imagined earlier on in my life. The experiences I have gained from EKU have forced me to strengthen my people skills, studying skills, discipline, organization, mentality, and time management.
I am not saying you cannot find these benefits within another campus, but I will say that EKU made it an easy ride, without causing any sort of discomfort. The community as a whole helps to ease the student experience from beginning to end, and that is a great quality to find in this phase of life.