12ish Days Till Christmas – My College Decisions

Hey everyone! Amidst finals and the holiday season, I’ve decided to put my time management skills and mental strength to the test. For the 12 days leading up to Christmas (actually the 23rd), I will be attempting to publish one post each day.

For my first day, I figured I’d talk about something I haven’t really discussed with anyone, but had thought about writing about for a while now. This is how my choices about school got me to where I am right now, finishing up my 3rd semester at UNH, having just declared a major.

When I was looking at colleges, not even applying yet, as a junior in high school, never in a million years would I have ever thought I’d be a National Security Studies major with the goal of spending half my time at school studying elsewhere in the world.. yet here I am. So, I thought it would be interesting to figure out what got me here.

When I was beginning to look at schools that might interest me, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do in the future (which now blows my mind because I have absolutely no clue where I’m going after I graduate and that’s okay with me.. at least for now). I was looking for schools with a flexible Communications program and a concentration in Film Production so I could improve my editing skills. This was my plan until I had already committed to University of New Haven. After paying my deposit, I decided to change my major to undeclared and just see where college would take me.

After my first semester at UNH, I was strongly considering transferring for my sophomore year until I made the craziest decision ever to study abroad as a freshman. I genuinely thought I’d chosen the wrong school for me; after living there for 5 months, it just didn’t feel like I fit into the community. That is, until I went abroad and discovered the wonders of politics/national security (thanks Schmidt) and a life outside of my comfort zone.

Now, coincidentally, UNH’s largest college is the College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, which funnily enough is the college I’m now enrolled in. I started at UNH making fun of the majority of students who came to UNH to study what it’s known for, CJ and now here I am.. one of those kids.

Had I not decided to study in Italy last semester, I truly believe I would be looking at transferring after this spring and studying Psychology at some big state school.. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it wouldn’t have taken me where I want to go in life.

In my eyes, I chose the right university, maybe just at the wrong time. I left high school unwilling to believe that transferring was acceptable and started college believing transferring was the only way for me to be successful. However, on the other hand, had I not chosen UNH with the intent of studying Communications, I probably would not have discovered a field I am genuinely excited to learn about and succeed in, nor would I have met any of my amazing friends.

So here I am, at the right college at the right time.

~Sarah Ann

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