On January 15th, I will be moving three and a half hours away from a town I have called home for 18 years. I will be leaving my best friend, my mom, my family, and my dog. I chose to transfer in as a mid-year student. After attending a community college for a bit, I knew it was time for me to move on. Transferring in the middle of my sophomore makes the college transition a bit more difficult. By this point people have already made friends, formed friend groups, and shared many memories together. I am not going to lie, this transition is going to be extremely hard for me, but my involvement in politics is already making it easier.

Thanks to my political involvement, I have a close friend who has already graduated from the university I will be attending. He lives close to campus and will be there whenever I need him. We met through politics and, thanks to him, I found my dream school. Once on campus, I can get involved in political groups to find friends and new opportunities. I am excited to join my new university’s College Republicans chapter, and am looking forward to whatever doors that may open for me. Joining these political organizations on campus will connect me with many people and the best part is that we will have the same interests. Thanks to helping on campaigns and door knocking, I know how to go up to complete strangers and talk to them with no problem. This will be extremely helpful since I know hardly anyone and will be forced to make all new friends.

To everyone that is nervous about transferring into a school this upcoming spring semester or starting as a freshman next fall, just know feeling this way is normal. I am not here to tell you to not worry, but I am here to tell you to take advantage of all the opportunities that you are about to be presented with. You are about to submerge yourself in the study of your choice, make lifelong friends, and who knows what other awesome things this chapter in your life holds. I have learned in this past election season that anything is possible. If you surround yourself with the right people, you will have opportunities throwing themselves at you that you never even dreamed of. Most colleges have Facebook groups set up for each graduating class. A good idea is to look for that, join it, and connect with people you will graduate with before you get there. You can also get more information online about organizations on campus that may interest you. What you need to do is move into your dorm or apartment, study hard, join any group or organization that interests you on campus. Watch all the opportunities roll in. While college will be a very stressful time in your life, it is also one of the most exciting times in your life. Soak up every minute. Take advantage of everything you can. In the blink of an eye, it will be over.

For anyone who is nervous about this transition, I want to leave you with this Bible verse that is one of my favorites and hopefully it will help you with this time in your life. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”  –Jeremiah 29:11.

Katlyn Batts
Katlyn is a southern belle who studies at Wingate University and loves Jesus and Marco Rubio. She will blow your mind with random history facts. You can find her listening to Frank Sinatra while leaving a red lipstick stain on her coffee cup.

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