Have you ever thought about just how much can change with a single decision? Â I haveâ€”too much, probably. Â Needless to say, I am an indecisive person. Big and small issues, I have trouble making any decision. Â From what to eat in Mabee, to what to do after graduation, decisiveness evades me. Â Because of this, I often rely on the opinions of others for help. Â But sadly, some matters do not have a clean cut answer, and in many cases, you are the only one who can make the best decision for yourself.
Before deciding on Trinity, I visited 11 different schools. Â These 11 schools were located up and down the East Coast. Â The outlier, however, was Trinity University, located smack-dab in the center of the country, 1300 miles away from home. Â To make this hefty decision, my dad and I constructed a â€œmatrix,â€ as we called it, through which I would discover my dream university. Â We factored in everything from academics to dining options. Â Everything was measured and scores were generated. Â What did our matrix tell me to do? Â There was no clear frontrunner; my matrix failed me, and I was forced to decide for myself.
We all know how this story ends: I chose Trinity. Â But it wasnâ€™t an easy decision for me. The decision to go to Trinity was a surprise, not only to my family but also to me. Â It was, as I said, the outlierâ€”the one unlike the others. Â Nine times out of 10, I trust my head over my heart, and still, I went against what I thought were the logical and comfortable options. Â There was something about this place that compelled me to give it a chance.
Iâ€™m leaving Trinity knowing that I have no regrets. Â You may not believe me when I say that, but I mean it. Â Disregarding the second language I gave up on, the class that I withdrew from, the second major that I dropped, I know that I am a better person for the hurdles that I faced here. Â Thereâ€™s something to the fact that I made my own decision in choosing Trinity; I owned this decision, and all the accomplishments and mistakes that came with it.
So, I encourage you to trust your instincts because the smart choice is not always the best choice. Â Â In any decision you make, none of the options will be perfect. Â Go with your gut, and make the most of the opportunity because you chose it.
Well, Trinity University, you forced me out of my comfort zone, but Iâ€™m thankful for it. Â You pushed me to be better, to be stronger, to be smarter and to be an individualâ€”to be myself. My four years at Trinity have been as perfect as I couldâ€™ve hoped. I carved my own path and took a chance on a place that was unlike what I thought I wanted. Â I have loved my time here, but I hope what people say about college years is wrong; I hope these werenâ€™t the best years of my life because Iâ€™m excited for the next chapter, whatever that may be.