Does anyone remember the moment they finally decided on what college they were going to attend for the next few years of their life? Even if you didn't go to college there had to have been a plan of what you were going to do after you graduated from high school.
Does anyone remember the moment they finally decided on what college they were going to attend for the next few years of their life? Even if you didn’t go to college there had to have been a plan of what you were going to do after you graduated from high school.
I have been at that point recently in life, and I must tell you it is quite a relief to know.
I, Carly Welter, soon to be a former Crookston Pirate, am continuing on my path to be a University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog. Growing up I thought that this would be a much harder decision, but there was just something that told me I should attend Duluth. After looking further into it, I can’t see myself anywhere else anymore. On a beautiful campus in a much larger town, I can explore places I’ve never been before. I have a wonderful roommate who I met this past summer in St. Paul at Girls’ State. Being we hadn’t known each other before this week, I figured we’d be able to get along enough without killing each other and wrecking a long-time friendship. Every letter that comes in the mail is just another step closer to move-in day when I start a completely new chapter in life.
As exciting as all this is, it is one of the most bittersweet challenges I’ll ever faced. Leaving the only place I’ve ever known along with my friends and family will be difficult and very sad at times.
However, this is why I chose a school within driving distance. If at any point I need to get in my car and come home to my parents, I can.
My mothers’ cooking will be one of the biggest losses besides, her love, of course. My gracious mother is the type that has had a snack waiting for me since the days when I got off the bus after elementary school. She and I would sit down for lunch, just her and I, when I had every-other-day preschool.
In our household, a family meal is truly what brings the calm to an exasperating day apart. Besides the fact that her cooking is absolutely incredible, she always makes sure we sit down and don’t touch our food until we pray together.
This is one of my favorite things about our house that I will miss desperately, but the baby bird has got to leave the nest and fly at some point. I can say that although it’s sad, I’m ready to start new. This town has given me more opportunities than I could have imagined, and I’m proud to announce I am from Crookston. Duluth is just another place I can say I ventured on my life-long journey, and I can’t wait to get there.
Welter is a student in Toni Grove’s broadcasting and communications course.