Going away for college

Ariel graduated from Texas Christian University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development while minoring in Business. She currently runs her own daycare in Raleigh, NC. Ariel has a passion for kids and her dream job would be to be a professional live in Celebrity Nanny!

I am originally From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina when I was seven years old. I always said that when I was old enough to leave I would. Fast forward to my senior year of high school and the reality that graduation was around the corner and I would have to start applying to college. Since I already knew I was going out of state I didn’t apply to any in-state school. I first applied to all the Ivy League schools on the East Coast. I was sure I would be accepted at one of the five. I didn’t get accepted into any of them which meant I had to start the process all over again. It’s now March of my senior year and I don’t know where I will be going to school in the fall. I began to list =things that were important to me when it came to where I would become a student. I considered my major (first Psychology eventually leading to Child Development), proximity to family (the further the better lol), classroom size (I had experience both a private and public school setting and preferred the student-teacher ratio of private), and student body size. I ended up applying to three schools: Texas Christian University, Messiah College, and Bethune Cookman. Surprising not only had I been accepted to all three schools but I had also received a scholarship to all three. Now came the decision of where to go. After weighing all of my options I decided that TCU was the school for me.
Besides traveling abroad for a few weeks, Texas was the furthest I had ever been from home. I have always been an introverted, creature of habit in my own little bubble. Being halfway across the country from my mother caused to me have to break out of that shell. As a freshman I became really involved on campus which also helped draw me out my shell but after a few difficult times I decided to take a semester off my sophomore year. After coming home and looking into local colleges I realized just how much I missed TCU. When on campus tours I would make comments such as “This campus is too big.” “People aren’t as friendly as they are on TCU’s campus.” “This doesn’t feel like home.” That last statement is really important because when deciding where you want to go for college it should be like a second home to you. After not finding what I was looking for locally I decided it was best that I return to TCU. THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!
Once back on campus not only did I do well but I thrived! During my time as a Horned Frog I was an RA, TCU Ambassador, President of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Connections Mentor, Guest Service Associate/Building Supervisor at our student union, Conference Housing Assistant/Conference Housing Manager, Frogs First Leader, Camp College Mentor, and a Leaps Leader. I don’t believe that had I stayed in my comfort zone of being home would I have branched out. Because of my experience of going away for college I am now a better and more confident individual.

Ariel King
TCU Class 2013

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