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A New Chapter It was August 25 2001 and I was moving out for the first time of my life I made the decision to quit playing soccer and start to focus on college academics at Birmingham-Southern There were numerous thoughts running through my head and I didnt know what to expect Would it be tough or easy would my roommate and I get along or hate each other would I be popular or an outcast All of these thoughts would soon be answered Going to a place not knowing anybody leaving all of my friends and not being around my family would prove to be a big challenge I think back to applying to colleges during the beginning of my senior year I had no idea what I was about to partake in I was torn between playing college soccer and focusing on strictly academics I was recruited and offered many different scholarship opportunities to play soccer My first reaction I thought I should continue playing whether it meant playing at a good school or going to a school just for the opportunity to play I had been accepted to all of the schools I applied to and had to choose between playing soccer and focusing on academics Soccer is how I found Birmingham-Southern with my coach suggesting I should play here I came up looked at the school and loved it It was in a great town good location and away from home Being away from home was the most important aspect because I was ready to be independent Although it was important these three qualities combined proved to be the deciding factor in attending Birmingham-Southern College I went home and decided I was tired of playing soccer and ready for the change It was approaching the end of the summer and finally started to set in I was leaving my home to attend Birmingham-Southern Tallahassee had been my home for
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