The summer before my senior year of high school, I was
ready for college. I woke up on August 1st and literally started filling out my college apps right away. Quick tip: apply early!! Getting all of your applications in before the early action deadline gives you priority for admission, housing, and gives you more time to make up your mind.
As a big time college football and basketball fan, I already had my mind made up regarding which schools I would apply to. I had always wanted to go to a big school with a lot of school spirit, and I wanted to go far away, back to my roots in the Midwest. So, by Thanksgiving, I had heard back from just about all of the schools I had applied to, and I had narrowed it down to Ohio State and the University of Iowa.
I had fallen in love with Ohio State and loved the campus when I visited. But, my mom graduated from Iowa and my dad’s entire side of the family is from Iowa, so needless to say, I was raised a Hawkeye and have always loved everything Iowa. I knew that I would be very happy and have a similar experience at both universities, so the decision was extremely difficult. I really had the hardest time making up my mind. I spent a lot of time just thinking and researching, trying to find something that would help me figure out where I would rather go.
Finally, I figured out how I would decide.
I flipped a coin. Heads, Ohio State; tails, Iowa.
I hoped that when the coin was in the air, I would get this gut feeling telling me which side I wanted the coin to land on, and I did. When the coin landed on heads, I breathed a sigh of relief. The coin landed the way I had suddenly realized I wanted it to. I also flipped the coin two more times to see if Ohio State won best of three and when that worked, there was no doubt in my mind I would be attending Ohio State.
I’m sure that if the coin had landed the other way, I would have been just as happy at Iowa, but I honestly could not have had a better first year at Ohio State. Good luck to all you high school seniors with your applications!