In the spring of 2010, I thought I was having the time of my life. I was a senior in high school, softball was going great, I had wonderful people in my life and I felt like I was on top of the world. However, when I arrived at Young Harris College that fall, I realized my life was just about to begin.

When I was deciding where to attend college, I had a good friend who was looking to play baseball somewhere and YHC was on his list of schools to check out. He mentioned to me that I would really like the atmosphere on campus and that I should look into it. I decided to take his advice and checked out the College’s website. I liked what I saw, so I contacted the softball coach. My choice to attend YHC was instantly made the second I stepped onto campus. 

My friend from high school was the only person I knew at YHC when I arrived, so I was a little nervous. Once softball practice and classes began, I quickly gained friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. Those friends have also become my family, and although I love going home for summer vacation, I cannot wait to return to YHC in August every year. Who ever thought that this little college in the north Georgia mountains would become my second home?

Through this blog, it’s my goal to explain not only what it is like to be a student at Young Harris College, but also a student-athlete in particular. I think it’s safe to say our lives as student-athletes are different than most students. Between the 6 a.m. workouts, field practices or traveling to away games (plus everyday schoolwork), we have busy schedules. When I began my freshman year, I had no concept of time management and it took me the next three semesters to get the hang of it – which I did through the help of my coaches, teammates and professors.

My freshman year feels like yesterday (cliché but it is true) and I have gone through a lot but I would not change one thing. Although I am excited to say I will soon be a senior, it also pains me to think I only have two more semesters left. I have loved every moment of being at Young Harris and will miss it with all my heart when I graduate next spring. I encourage everyone to come here and make it their second home as well. College is what you make it, so make it an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

“Live the life you love, love the life you live.”