As if the perks of studying student affairs weren’t abundant enough, I was given an incredible opportunity to go visit six colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It was a seven day road trip with some of the loveliest people from my cohort and some new and amazing people from Mississippi State’s CSA program. The craziest part of it all was that I volunteered to drive one of the vans. It was an equally empowering and (mostly) fun endeavor.
Here are some highlights of my UWG CSA Maymester 2016 journey!
This trip allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, which is something I don’t do nearly enough. I have been contained within the safe walls of my home institution, UWG, for so long. I’ve been content and most times overjoyed about it. I LOVE UWG. It never occurred to me that I could have that same passion for another institution until we visited The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. First of all, Colonial Williamsburg was an absolute dream. It combines my love of the very old, the historical, the beautiful, and the creepy. I could have spent forever in that amazing place.
I mean, seriously, LOOK at this garden. I was so excited!
The next day we arrived at College of William and Mary and it was POURING rain. I fell in love with the campus anyway. It was so beautiful and Thomas Jefferson learned there. I mean … how cool is that?!
After I was torn away from my new favorite place on Earth, we headed to North Carolina. We stopped at North Carolina Central University. I was amazed by this school. The energy, the beautiful campus, the pride, the history. It was all very powerful and very inspiring.
Unfortunately, my phone was dead while we were there so I have no photos. Here is one I snagged from a classmate’s Facebook, however. Look how excited we are!
Our next stop was at Duke University. It. Was. Incredible. The chapel was fantastic and everything I’d hoped it would be and more. I didn’t get a great picture of the outside, but here are some shots from the inside.
What surprised me about Duke was how cool they were. After seeing their not-so-great stories in the media over the past few years, I expected the staff to be stiff and conservative. I could not have been farther from the truth.
We stayed in North Carolina and visited UNC Chapel Hill the next day. I liked it, but didn’t have enough time to really explore it. I will say, The Carolina Union was so impressive. It seems no detail was overlooked. I got an opportunity to informally interview some unsuspecting students and was delighted to hear all the great things they had to say about their school.
Reppin’ UWG in my outfit, of course! This was a mural in the Carolina Union. So cool!
My sweet friend, Jessica, and I really loved this bench but, of course, it was rainy and wet that day so we couldn’t really sit on it.
All in all, this trip was priceless. I am so lucky I was able to go. I was able to grow closer to my cohort, network with professionals, expand my horizons, and learn a lot.
Big thanks to Dr. Varga, one of our incredible CSA professors at UWG, for making this happen. We appreciate you more than you know!
If you would like to see more detail about our journey, you can check out our travel blog!
“Travel is the best education anyone can have.”