People said, “Don’t blink. College will be over before you know it.” They were right. These past four years at the University of Alabama have flown by. I remember move in day freshman year like it was yesterday.
My mom made me take pictures with my “Bama Bound” sign while standing behind the truck that was packed with all of my things before we started the drive to Tuscaloosa. After driving for nearly 5 hours, we pulled into the Tutwiler parking lot shortly after my roommate did. (I had met my roommate, Kaitlyn, while visiting campus for the first time. We immediately clicked, stayed in touch, and decided to be roommates.) When we got to the front of the line that weaved through the entire parking lot, they had large cardboard boxes on wheels ready to fill with all of our belongings. We climbed 11 flights of stairs to get to our room and wait on our things to make it up the elevator. We opened the door to a 10.5″ x 15″ room, and stared at the cinderblock walls and blue plastic mattresses. This room, 1141, was home.
We realized quickly that moving in at the same time was not the best idea. We both had boxes, totes, and bags in piles that we were trying to navigate through to unpack. It took us nearly two days to get everything unpacked and placed where it would spend the next ten months. Meanwhile, as we would walk down the hallway we would see these blonde girls in room 1139 sitting on their Lilly Pulitzer adorned beds all settled in. We were in awe. (We know now that they remembered us because Kaitlyn’s dad was in the hallway building a sort of riser for her headboard because it was too short to fit right over the bed.)
We quickly became friends with the blonde girls in 1139. They are actually still in my phone as “Rachel 1139” and “Alyssa 1139” (their name followed by their room number so I could remember who they were). We will occasionally still refer to them as “The Blondes.”
People also said, “Your four years in college will be the best years of your life.” My four years at the University of Alabama have made me a more independent, confident, and stronger woman. I have made wonderful memories and life-long friends.
Today I graduate summa cum laude, and I get to walk across the stage in Coleman Coliseum knowing that my parents are watching and are proud. Over the next three days I get to move into a charming townhouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas with my fiancé, Ben. Next weekend we get to celebrate our engagement with our closest loved ones, and a few days later I start my job as the floor manager at Riffraff.
I can’t imagine my best years being behind me once I switch my tassel to the opposite side. My life is just beginning, and I can’t wait for all the years to come. I don’t think that college was the best four years of my entire life. I think the best is yet to come.
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