My Journey to Drake University

My journey to Drake University was a long and winding road. I am so happy that I am here and I could not have picked a better school.

Drake University Commitment Photo

When I started my junior year, people started asking” So have you started looking at colleges yet?” I was so annoyed by that question because I would hear it constantly. I decided that next time I’m surrounded by my extended family, I better have an answer to that. 

When I started looking at colleges, I knew I wanted to do something in the journalism and communications fields. Choosing a college with a good journalism school was essential. It also really helped narrow my search down. I also knew where I didn’t want to be, specifically the south. I am a true Minnesotan and while I complain about the early snow in October and the never-ending winter in April, I love the snow and I knew I could never go without it.

My mom’s best friend went to Drake and was also in the School of Journalism and Communications. She was in a sorority and loved her time at Drake. Her college career was similar to what I wanted in a college and she convinced me to apply. I heard back from Drake first and they also gave me a decent scholarship. My parents were pushing me to start touring more schools during my senior year of high school. I hadn’t heard from any other schools so off to Drake we went. 

The Tour

I really don’t remember much from the tour. We had to wake up at 6 am to get to Des Moines by my 11 am tour. I was exhausted and it was freezing and windy, a classic Iowa combo. It should have been miserable and I should have just hated it. However, the one thing I remember was despite the cold and wind, my tour guide was still cheerful, and people were still friendly even when outside. I loved every minute of that tour. Before touring Drake, I thought I knew what school I wanted, and when I got in the car to go home, I thought to myself “well crap.” That love I had on the tour really stuck with me as I toured other schools. 

I looked at two in Chicago. At both of them, it was again cold, but everyone kept their heads down and my tour guide clearly wanted to be anywhere but there. I looked at schools in Colorado, and it was much warmer there and people were nicer, but I hated having to take a flight to get home. I loved the easy 3 and a half hours that it took to get from Minneapolis to Des Moines. Every school I went to just didn’t compare to Des Moines and the feeling I had at Drake.

On a random Thursday night in February, I sat my family down at the dinner table and told them I wanted to go to Drake. I signed my admission acceptance form that night and I haven’t regretted it once.

Since I Started At Drake

I’ve joined a sorority, pick two majors, a minor and a concentration and I have been a part of the Drake Magazine as their assistant online editor. I’ve spent countless hours in Starbucks and met some pretty amazing people.

To read more from me, visit my blog here.

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