After my first visit to Tallahassee, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would return years later to spend my college career here.
I pictured myself going to school in a city like Atlanta, Washington, D.C., or right at home in Miami.
Somehow, Tallahassee was recently ranked the second best mid-sized college town by epodunk.com, and I certainly agree with that recognition.
There are two excellent universities and a community college here. Plus, the mix of students makes the city versatile.
At first, I was reluctant about coming to Tallahassee. But I figured it might be right up my alley.
After a few months here, Tallahassee has actually become more to me than I ever thought it would. It has become my second home.
I have to give this city some credit because, as unexciting as it seems, there is always something to do.
I especially love going to Wal-Mart, at any time, shopping for hours, and spending money that I don’t really have on things that I don’t really need. I could do that anywhere, but it’s just not quite the same anywhere else.
Whether I like it or not, Tallahassee is definitely starting to grow on me. I know that I’m here on a mission to further my education, and I have made the right choice.
At the end of this chapter in my life, I will be happy knowing that I got the most out of this experience. I will leave Tallahassee with my bachelor’s degree in journalism. But more importantly, I will have an open mind and a fresh outlook on life.
Malika Harrison is a freshman newspaper journalism student from Miami. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.