Julia

Humans of Radford University

“My senior year of high school, things really changed a lot for me. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go to college and I was thinking of taking a gap year. Throughout high school, I sometimes had trouble feeling I belonged, but my senior year I started to connect with people, and I found a group of friends, and I found my best friend. That was a stressful year. But it was still great to meet those people. I had problems with confidence and insecurity, and a really big moment in my life that year was when I flew on a plane by myself to visit a college I was looking into. At that moment, I was already planning on going to Radford, but I kind of wanted to step out of my comfort zone and at least visit this school because I was thinking of transferring. I was pretty nervous about flying on a plane by myself, and I’d never really been away from home that long. It was only 4 days, but I was still pretty nervous about it. But I’m really grateful for that experience because I feel like it showed me that I was stronger than I realized. Like everything went well and I was able to figure out how to get on the plane. Like I didn’t get lost or anything, so I feel like that’s a pretty big accomplishment in my life. After that, I did feel like I could do anything. And I’m glad I came to Radford because it was the right thing and I’ve met a lot of good people and great professors, so I’m happy I didn’t take a gap year. I’m happy with the decisions, so I’ll see where my life takes me now.”