Tyesha Vinson/MJ

By TIEDRA KING, Guest Writer

Although college isn’t for everyone, when I approached my senior year of high school I knew that as far as my education, college would be the next step.

I had no intentions of taking a break or slacking off one bit. Time and time again people would ask me, “What are your plans after high school,” or “Tiedra, where are you going to college?” My answer to those questions would always be, “I’m not sure,” or “I don’t know.”

I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I did know what college was, but I always thought of it as this big building where everyone came to get a higher education. Although that’s true, that was me thinking with a closed mind. It wasn’t until I started meeting with admissions counselors from various colleges that my knowledge of college expanded.

I started researching many different colleges and discovering different majors. I then decided to choose business as my major and one day an admissions counselor named Ms. Gail Tubbs entered my school. I was introduced to her by one of my school administrators. She told me about the credentials of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and explained all of the activities that occur on campus.

She told me that if I wanted to make a difference, UM-Dearborn is where I needed to be. She was right; I was convinced. So I filled out an application and within days, I received phone calls and emails congratulating me on my acceptance. UM-Dearborn has a great business program, it’s one of the safest universities, and offers a new place for residence, too. I didn’t want to go anywhere else.

When I received my official letter of acceptance, I sat down and thought about it. “I’ve been accepted into the University of Michigan-Dearborn and I’m going to be living there too. I’ll be getting the full college experience.” I’m from Detroit, so I’m not at home, but I’m not far from home, which is perfect for a college freshman.

After I finally opened up about college and figured out what I wanted to do, I knew that it was time to start talking to people who have already been down this road. They told me that college would be fun but hard, and that it would be nothing like high school. I was told that I would have the liberty to be more independent. I took in a lot of advice.

I thought college was going be extremely difficult, but I was ready for it. I was scared and excited at the same time. Listening to college advice is nothing like actually being here and seeing things for myself.

Many times before the fall semester even started, I came to UM-Dearborn to get a feel for college life. Everyone is so happy, I felt welcomed. Like Chancellor Little says, “University of Michigan-Dearborn is a community, not an institution.”

On September 1, I moved into the Union and I can say that I’m grateful to be a Wolverine. I love college and I can say that the people who aren’t here are missing out. I may not know everyone, but I’m learning to be more social. My roommates are international students from China and I’m learning their culture first-hand. The diversity here is wonderful; my high school never offered this to me.

I’ve definitely learned time management swiftly. With all the clubs and organizations here, you have no excuses for not being involved in the community, there’s always something to do. My professors are very understanding, too; I like the small class sizes. It gives you a chance to build a relationship with your professor. The things that are offered here won’t be found at other universities.