People always ask me, “So why’d ya pick Memphis, Joe?” Well, prepare yourself, sir/ma’am, because here it comes.
I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading recently (by recently I mean over the past year or so), and it hasn’t just been over history or classic novels. I’ve been inquiring about college life, and people say that if you decide to go to a college with your friends: chances are you will hardly see them due to differing majors and interests (unless you room with them, of course, and that is heavily advised against by many people). Also, in college you establish a new identity for yourself, and going to a university where literally nobody knows of me or where I’m from makes the whole process much easier. It’s not like I’m running from my past, at all. I had a great high school career. However, the idea of a fresh start appeals to me. As well as the atmosphere, culturally speaking, in Memphis (which is so different from that of East Tennessee) strikes my fancy. Oh, and not to mention if you add in the Honors College scholarship money that the U of M gave me (opposed to the stingy University of Tennessee, Knoxville who gave me very little in comparison) made for a perfect fit. I will gladly trade a 6.5-hour, one-way drive for more money, opportunity, and independence. After all, isn’t that what we want in the end?