February 16, 2011
University of Georgia/Georgia State
I'm going to try this "Show Us Your Life" thing again! As I mentioned last week, I love to read Kelly's Korner, and she does this little activity almost every Friday, but this is only my second week participating. It was fun, and I made a new friend or two last week, so here goes nothing!
This week's topic: Alma Maters
To be totally honest, this is a bit of a complicated topic for me. I won't go into all the crazy details, but I claim two schools these days, so I'll write about both.
If you know me at all, you know I talk about UGA like Jesus, Himself, attended, and it's the single best place a person could go to school. All my life, I knew that's where I wanted to go. Growing up, I thought of it it as just this magical place, and when my parents and I went for freshman orientation, that idea was confirmed in my little noggin. You could have given me a free ride to Harvard, and I would have turned it down for UGA. Unfortunately, I didn't stay there very long. Looking back, leaving is one of the biggest regrets I have, and it's been something I've struggled a lot with throughout my 20's. I've tried to go back from time to time but it just wasn't feasible or something would happen to prevent me from doing so. I still think about it a lot, and it's still a possibility, but who knows where my future will take me?
Though it took me a while to own up to it, the truth is I spent more time at Georgia State and hanging out in downtown Atlanta than I ever did in Athens. When I left UGA, it was mainly because I wanted to move back to Atlanta to study acting, and I did, but the only way I could convince my parents to help me pay for it was to attend "real" school at the same time. So, I transferred to Georgia State, changed my major to film (from biology), and set out to do both. It was super busy - I worked full-time, went to GSU on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and took acting classes at night and during the summer.
Looking back, it was probably the best time of my life. Granted, my grades were horrible - I spent more time skipping classes to hang out with friends or go watch random rap videos being filmed nearby than I did studying, but I have some fond memories of some classes too. For example, my English 1102 professor was, well, HOT... (hee hee). Seriously, I took a music business class that I absolutely LOVED - it was probably the one single college class where I actually enjoyed it and learned something. I was also there when 9/11 happened and that will always be stuck in my mind - I can still tell you what classroom I was in, the name of the class, what I was wearing, what my professor and the girl sitting next to me said, etc.
I think I have taken enough classes to have a degree in something; they just don't really add up to anything. So, without an actual degree, I'm not sure I can technically claim an Alma Mater, but I do love both of those schools, and who knows, I may go back and finish up one of these days if my current career takes a turn for the worst!
P.S. I'm so behind on my email! If I owe you one, I will get to it this weekend. I've spent the day keeping my cousin's four-month-old baby, and I am exhausted and still have things to do tonight!