My name is Hannah Harrison. I was born in a small town in Minnesota. I am currently pursing a degree in Early Childhood Education. My dream job would be to work in a Montessori school. I am a high achieving student who is passionate about teaching. I am excited for all that the future holds for me! I believe that dreams are possible through hard work and determination.
Going into my freshman year of college, I thought that I was ready for the change that was about to take place. I could hardly wait to pack the car with my new clothes, refrigerator, microwave, and all the other much needed accessories for a freshman dorm room. Yes, I was the college student who bought all my books before the anticipated syllabus day. I remember arriving on campus thinking that this adventure called college was going to be the best thing that ever happened to me. That first night, I could hardly sleep from all the excitement of being an independent 19 year old. My parents called me as soon as they arrived home to make sure that I was settled in and ready to begin my life of “independence.” However, after the next month, I realized that things were not going to be as simple as I thought. It was hard to make friends and professors were not as understanding as high school teachers. I remember going up to my freshman biology teacher after receiving a 66% on my first exam and having him laugh at me and say, “Oh sorry maybe you should have studied a little more.” What?! There aren’t any retakes in college? That’s right folks… in college professors are not going to take time out of their day to make you a second test, sorry to break the news to you! After a few months, I finally got the hang of things. I did the cool freshman thing and skipped a couple classes which I learned would benefit me in the long run. Soon I discovered that being independent really was not all that I thought it would be. I missed coming home to the delicious smell of fresh baked bread and hot soup on a cold South Dakota day. I missed hearing my brothers and sisters talking over each other at the dinner table just so that one person could be heard. I missed my dad’s big bear hugs in the morning as I stumbled out of bed. I began to realize that without my family, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. Now, I am a Junior in college, preparing to get married, at the top of my class, and pursing a degree in Education. How have I been so successful? Well the answer is simple, during my first few years at college I surrounded myself with people who would help me to be the very best person that I could be. My family were there on my worst days to encourage me when things got tough. My professors they were tough on me and forced me to never give up. My friends they helped me to loosen up and have fun. Throughout all of this, I have learned one thing. College is a time for growth, development, and fun. At the end of the day, we are at college to get a degree that we are passionate about and will benefit our future. However, this is the time that with the help of others we discover who we truly are. Take these next four years and discover who you are and all that you are capable of because let me tell you the possibilities really are endless!