I graduated from JHS in 2007 and started going to Lincoln Land in the fall. My hatred for school was still fresh in my mind. After hating it with everything I had for four or five months during my senior year at JHS, I was forever scarred.
I was Optimistic about college, at first. Me and my mom went and looked at a couple schools and I looked at some online. I applied to Edwardsville and was easily accepted because I scored a 28 on my ACT. It seemed nice enough. Everything was brand new and they claimed they had excellent security so it was very unlikely I would get raped if I were to walk around alone at night.
We checked out how we could pay for it because I didn’t get any scholarships or grant money. In the end my parents could not afford it and they did not want to take out a loan at that time. I knew I was probably going to Lincoln Land, but I still visited one more school.
I rode with my friend Christopher, his mom behind the wheel. I loved Carbondale because the campus was very appealing and they had a good athletics program. Also, it is definitely more prestigious than Edwardsville. They have the big football games and basketball games that are exciting to watch. Edwardsville has a brand new recreation center. They have the awesome huge parties: Unofficial Halloween, Polar Bear, and Vulture Fest. Edwardsville is relatively boring and closed off from society.
Naturally, I was envious of those that could afford to go to Carbondale or even Edwardsville. I really was not that excited about living in this town still and taking classes at the hub, of the real Lincoln Land campus, located in Springfield. I went, most of the time. I got good at leaving early or just skipping to go hang out with my only friend that lived near me.
That friend decided to move to Springfield and he needed a roommate so, obviously, I got on that right away. My mom paid for the deposit as a birthday present and...