Going to university was always an experience that I was filled with eager anticipation for. I was so excited by the opportunity to grow and learn in just about every possible way. I wanted to work towards establishing my career in my chosen field. That was almost three years ago. Now that I am coming to the end of my time as a university student, it has become clearer and clearer that not only has my university experience with the University of Minnesota been all that and more, but it has also proven to exceed even my wildest expectations by a long shot. For this reason, the University of Minnesota will always feel like a home away from home for me. However, there is a whole lot more to this university too.
A university that focuses on academic opportunity
There is a lot of room for focus on academic opportunity and excellence here at the University of Minnesota. One of the most distinct and unwavering defining characteristics of this university is its eagle-eyed focus on academic opportunity. I have been given every possible academic opportunity while studying here. So much so, in fact, that I feel more than adequately prepared for my next steps in life and my future. I am so thankful that I chose a university that was so focused on assisting me in getting to my best and then some, while also encouraging and inspiring me to reach unprecedented heights in exciting new ways.
A university that encourages self development
The University of Minnesota is about so much more than academic excellence. Of course, yes, that is a big goal of the university, however this is a university that is also inherently focused on encouraging self development in its students, to the point that I have never experienced anything less than the utmost encouragement in exploring not only academic and intellectual excellence, but self development and growth too. I truly grew into myself so much in these few years, and all this ongoing growth has given me so much to be driven by and proud of. This is just the start and it is a start that this place played a big part in.
A university that offers guidance and support
I know that I chose the right university for me in the University of Minnesota because this is a place that values as much guidance and support as it does academic opportunity. Whenever I needed academic or personal guidance or support throughout the week, I had guidance counsellors and psychologists. On the weekends, however, I have had my friends and my own methods of destressing and anxiety relief (think the best CBD oil you can find and a good book in a quiet room filled with soft sunlight). I will miss this place. The University of Minnesota has a charming way of pushing you entirely outside of your comfort zone yet somehow making you feel so cozily at home too.