Proud Longhorn: Right Where I Want to Be

By Natalia Naranjo on June 26, 2013
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University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

I always knew that I wanted to go to college; it wasn’t even a question in my family because my parents (both teachers) had always instilled in me the importance of an education, and above all else the value of learning. I believe I selected the right path because I know that where I am is where I want to be and that feeling is entirely dependent on the fact that I chose the right college.

It took a while for me to finally make the decision to go to the University of Texas at Austin, and I’m so glad that I did. Making my decision wasn’t easy but I had specific attributes I was looking for in the college I would attend. I wanted a school that was moderately close to home, had a big campus with many people, was renowned in my area of study, and had school spirit.

Even better than expected
Choosing UT got me all of those things and more. Austin, Texas, is a city filled with young artists and musicians along with politicians and, of course, permanently permeated with students, which makes a rich, youthful city that always has something going on. Did I mention that Austin is the number one city for concerts and live music? It’s a fact that excites me about going to school there. Campus is just a short road-trip away from home (which is always fun with friends).

The immensity of the campus goes above and beyond the “40 Acres” it claims to be, which is great when you’re trying to find a nice place to study. With the school being so big, there is an equally huge student body, which makes it easy to find interesting people to make friends with, a diverse melting pot of Longhorns. I did some research and found UT has great programs across the board in business, communications and social sciences.

Lastly, if there is anything UT has, it’s school spirit. To be a Longhorn isn’t a choice, it’s a lifestyle and I fully embrace it and am proud to. All of these details that make this university my university are important because they reinforce the fact that where I am is where I’m supposed to be.

A rough start, but amazing results
My first day of college was a bit rough, it was my 18th birthday and I was away from home, it was a Wednesday, the busiest day on my schedule where I have to traipse from one side of campus to another in 10 minutes; I had to catch the bus, and, it was a good 100 degrees outside. I never pictured my first day to be like that and it was easy for me to get discouraged and think that I didn’t belong, but I didn’t let it get to me.

That positive mentality helped me find new opportunities that the campus had available to me. After school started getting into full swing and I stopped getting so lost, I was able to find organizations that suited me and within those organizations, I met amazing people. I wouldn’t change a thing from that first day, even though it was rather hellish. I had to go through that difficulty of getting used to campus, classes and being away from home to get as comfortable as I am now.

Right decision is the first step
College is a big transition and making the decision about which college to go to is the first step. Once you’re at the college you love, things like finding friends and organizations start to fall into place. My opinion of my post-secondary path hasn’t changed, and because I made the right choice to begin with, that opinion won’t change. Look at the options you have available, weigh the pros and cons and remember that this is a huge step. Don’t freak out or scare yourself because you’re a lot stronger than you think.

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