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Why I’m Glad I Chose the University of Arkansas

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Ten minutes from my university is my high school alma mater. Twenty minutes from my high school is my parents’ house, where I lived all four years of my studiese.
My college experience was not the most substantial.

You can certainly say that my collegiate experience was unlike most, but there is hardly anything I would go back and change. I was as close to home as can be, but that doesn’t mean my college experience was any less than a collegiate who traveled halfway across the country to earn a degree. I would even venture to say that my experience was better because I got the best of both worlds: the comforts of home and the challenge of building a new life for myself in a familiar city.

At the time, I only felt like staying home when the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith was only a 15-minute drive away. I’m very close to my family and the idea of ​​being able to see them more – along with hot meals, laundry, and free room and board – kept me from packing up and driving around town to get into the dormitories on campus to live. Their emotional and financial support, along with much prayer and encouragement, kept me from spending long evenings at study and early mornings.

I didn’t really go out of my way to get involved on campus in my freshman year. My primary goal was to go to class, go to school and go home. I wanted to get through university as quickly as possible. When I decided on a whim to start recruiting in sophomore year of the sorority, my outlook changed. I met so many incredible women that I interacted with on so many levels. There were plenty of leadership opportunities due to the small number of Greek students on campus and for the first time in my life I was pushed into a leadership role. I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to grow and serve on campus and in my community through the Greek life at UAFS. They welcomed me with open arms, open hearts and endless possibilities.

Thank you Gamma Phi Beta, Pan-Hellenic and Greek advisors for reassuring and encouraging my abilities to serve.

I also became involved in a collegiate campus ministry. This allowed me to grow in my faith and explore areas of service that I had never dreamed of before. I became strong in the Word under the guidance of my house church pastor and college pastor in Reach. I am forever grateful for the way these men and others have touched my life and taught me to love as Jesus loves.

I would never have had the camaraderie with my professors or colleagues if I had gone to a larger institution. UAFS is relatively small so my study program was also small. Historical interpretation was hands-on, in your face and real. This degree allowed me to delve into museum studies, archival and library sciences, public history, interpretation, and public service. My professors invested so much in my education and their passion for our field was undeniably contagious. It continues to be my passion to work on a career in social education today.

thanks dr. Kite, Dr. Willoughby, Dr. Crane and Professors Wing and Waller for your investment in my education and future career.

I came to college with “undecided” scribbled on the line where my major should be. Four years later, I walked the graduating stage with a purpose and a passion for my future career. Before going to UAFS I was not a leader, I was not involved in it and I never had faith in my own abilities or even in my own identity. At UAFS, I thrived in my love for others, in the service of my community, in my faith, and in my future career endeavours. If I had gone to study elsewhere, I know I would still have had an excellent education. But because I attended the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, I got so much more.

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