Well this week's Show Us Your Life is all about alma maters. I wish (sometimes) that I could tell you that I had a typical college experience, but that's something I kind of missed out on. I took a two-year community college scholarship right out of high school, partly because it was free and partly because of the fine arts program. I had a great time in the plays and choir and playing secretary. Little did I know that I would soon make a decision that would change the course of my life.
Not only did I meet people who remain a big part of my life to this day (Hi, girls!), community college was where I decided to become a teacher. Teaching was something that I had spent most of my life sure I did not want to do. (Both of my parents are teachers, after all.) But through a series of events, I ended up joining AmeriCorps.
So, I don't have stories about my Greek affliations, wild college parties, or the big Homecoming game. But I do have great memories of laughing with the lunch crew and with the girls (and a few guys) in our cohort group. And best of all, I found what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. And isn't that really the best thing college can give you?