November 10, 2016 | Chandler Berryhill
In high school, like most teenagers who think they have it all figured out, I just knew how my life was going to end up. I was going to college, I was going to cheer, and in four years, I was going to be a successful college graduate who was beginning her career. Much to my surprise I did not have it all figured out (yes mom, you told me so…), but the journey along the way has been one that I would not trade for the world!
My college journey began at Kilgore Junior College. I was awarded a cheerleading scholarship which fit right in with my four-year plan, two years at a Ju-Co and two years at a university. Great… right? Not so much. In the middle of the season, I broke my ankle which prevented me from trying out the next year and left me wondering “what do I do now?” I moved home and attended a local community college (something my head-strong teenage self said I would never do). I got a job that I fell in love with working at a pre-school and decided to change my major from physical therapy to education. Eventually I was ready to move on and experience something else. I chose to transfer to The University of Houston because it was in the heart of the city, and I had never lived in the city before so I thought I would very much enjoy that experience. Once again, I was wrong. Very wrong.
So now, here I am in Huntsville attending Sam Houston State University and loving every minute of it. This University has felt like home to me since the moment I walked on campus--not to mention, we have a phenomenal education program! I am a student worker, I became involved in Greek life and I have met some of the most amazing friends while being here. Although Sam is my fourth school to be at, and yes, I have been in college for longer than 4 years, I’m not upset to take my so called “victory lap.” I love experiences and with each college I’ve attended and each city I’ve lived in, I’ve gained experiences that have truly been life changing and I could not be more thankful for that. So, for those of you who may be about to embark on your college journey, or if you’re like me and going to be here a little longer than expected, I just want you to know that it’s okay! You’re learning, you’re growing, and most importantly, you’re just adding some sprinkles to this crazy thing we call life!
Stay positive and Eat ‘Em Up Kats!