Decision Day Blog Contest Feature, Part Three

This blog is the third in a series of five installments written or filmed by high school seniors, that explain how college will be a "game changer." The blogs were selected from entries to MCAN's Decision Day Blog Contest, which celebrates the college-selection decision happening for thousands of students throughout the state of Michigan. A winning entry will be featured on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, beginning April 26 and through May 24.

College Will be a Game Changer: Why I'm Excited 

By Zachariah Wheaton, Bay City Central High School

My name is Zachariah Wheaton and I will be a first generation college grad. I am the youngest of a family of 7 and my parents have had struggles with money due to their unfortunate luck of not being able to attend college for the full 4 years. My parents taught us that college is very important and that we all need to receive a degree and provide for our families. My 3 older siblings are currently enrolled at a community college then plan on attending a university, although cheaper and quite frankly smarter, I’ve decided to skip that phase and be the first in my family to be enrolled in a university (I’ll be attending Central Michigan in the fall). My mother and father aren’t so fond of the idea of me doing that, knowing that I will be “up to my neck” in student loans for a long time. They are right, but I’ve always been the different one in my family, I’ve always been the type to do something no one else has done before.

I’ve received my letters, I’ve received the posters, I’ve looked at the brochures, and I’ve had my fair share of college visits. I’ve finally decided the one I like the best, the excitement runs through my veins like a kid walking through the tunnel and seeing their first Major League field. I think to myself of all the opportunities and exciting things that could happen. I begin my housing information and start to think: who’s going to be my roommate? Will they be nice? What will they bring? Now I’m getting prepared for orientation, and I’m so excited I finally get to pursue what I’ve been wanting to do since middle school. I begin to wonder: Will my classes be hard? Will they be fun? How big will they be? Will college really be as hard as people say it is? (I had nightmares from that so I stopped thinking about that one). That’s the best part of college though, it’s the wonder, it’s sticking your hand in that box of chocolates and not knowing what you’ll get, all you know is that it’s going to be a sweet chocolaty taste.

There’s nothing that I’m not excited about for college. I’m excited for the classes. My teachers won’t know who I am so they won’t already write me off as a good kid, or a troubled kid. I’m excited to meet new people, I love the friends I have now, but who doesn’t like making more friends? As childish as this may sound, I’m excited for the food. My 8 year old self would try to drop out of high school and enroll into college right now just for that.
And of course: the freedom. Being able to stay up as late as you want and getting to do whatever you want is so exciting to me. I can’t wait to be able to come in late and not have a concerned parent waiting to chew in to me like a Thanksgiving Turkey. Most of all, I’m excited to be around people that don’t know me. In high school people already know who you are even if you haven’t met; it’s like you have a book of your life stamped on your forehead. In college you get a clean slate, you’re no longer the nerd, the jock, the class clown, the prom queen, you get to make your own
reputation, you get to write a new book. That's the most exciting thing about attending college to me.
Posted: May 10, 2016
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