There are several things people in the south take seriously:
There are other’s, like hunting/fishing/eating, but those are the main three at our house.
I remember the encouragement I received from my husband when he caught me looking at Auburn University’s website. I never thought I would get in–and no one likes to be rejected—so applying never crossed my mind. I was just looking to see what master’s degree programs they offered. I grew up in a family divided: half Auburn fans, half that other school in the state:). It was always a dream of mine to go and as I sat there staring and longing, my husband looked at me and said “what’s the worse thing that could happen?”. Me: “Um, HELLO!?! They could tell me no!!!”. He just laughed and said “you’d survive. Now apply”.
And that’s what I did, but I didn’t allow myself to get my hopes up.
My GPA wasn’t awesome at my previous school and again–I didn’t think I was good enough to go.
Fear and doubt should never get in the way of a dream.
So, I waited.
I received my letter the day classes began in August, 2009.
I knew it was a rejection, otherwise why would they have waited until school was in session?
My husband came home and I showed him the envelope.
We opened it together.
And much to my surprise it said: “Congratulations! You have been selected to attend Auburn University…”
I didn’t get much further than that—I was jumping up and down—pure joy!
I never dreamed I would get to attend such a prestigious university, yet I did.
I graduated August, 2011.
I love Auburn for many reasons, but I love it mainly because it helped me to fulfill a lifelong dream.
My dream became a reality there.
And tonight, I will watch my Alma Mater with pride.
Win or lose…
I believe in Auburn and I love it!