One month down of college, a lot of months to go! (Left to Right) Me, my mom, my brother, and my best friend taking in Friday night's WoO action at Eldora Speedway.
A Monday in college is a lot harder to do coming off a weekend at the races, but I survived it. That entailed an 8 A.M. and a three hour night class, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back for making it to my classes today. The weekend at the races wasn’t just a normal weekend at the races, it was much more than that. It was a weekend at Eldora Speedway, and a weekend with my mom, brother, and best friend from home. It was such a special weekend, making it even harder to get out of bed today.
College. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my family every day I wake up here, and I don’t know if that’ll ever change. But I’m following the “trust the process” saying, and I know I’m exactly where I need to be. The University of Indianapolis has provided me with the most passionate professors I could’ve imagined, which all know my first name. You may be saying why the heck does them knowing her first name matter, but it does. I like the small classroom sizes and being on a personal level with the professors who are basically giving me my degree for my forever career. UIndy has been voted the #1 school in the NATION for their Public Relations program, so I have no question this is where I’m supposed to be. I’ve already gotten the opportunity to be on the school’s radio station, which I air in ONE week. No, my major isn’t in radio broadcast, but I’m up for the challenge and excited for the opportunity.
Eldora Speedway. It’s more than just a track, it’s an experience. From the incredibly huge facility, to the huge 1⁄2 mile track, to the promoters, to the racing... it’s indescribable. Since moving to Indy, I’ve started paying attention to non-wing sprints and midgets. (I’m from Iowa, where all we have is winged sprints) I could never compare them, because the racing is just simply different. But, I love watching non- wing sprints and midgets just as much as winged sprint cars. So, this weekend was awesome.
My family. Although I hate that my dad wasn’t able to make the trip out, I’m incredibly thankful the rest came out to see me. Side note: my best friend Sydney is now my family’s adopted daughter. She goes over to my house at least once a week for dinner and my mom helps her with her nursing class. I miss our late night target and ice cream runs, but thank you for still being apart of my family when I’m 3,000 miles away. I try to be a college student and have a college life, but I miss being at a racetrack with my family every weekend. I enjoyed being their tour guides around Indy on Friday, before leaving for Eldora that afternoon. Nate got to visit Indy Race Parts, and of course it isn’t a visit if you don’t spend an hour there buying everything you can think of. If I would've known I was going to wake up the next day barely able to move because I was so sore, I wouldn’t have taken them to SIK. But, we love racing go karts and we had a blast.
I am incredibly thankful to have Madi as my roommate. We are so much alike and she makes being seven hours from home so much easier. Lauren and Ty- I joke all the time how they act like my parents and I’m an adult now, but I’d be lost without them. I consider them my Indy parents; they check in on me, invite me to do things, and have Sunday night dinners for me. They are simply the best. And Savanna- we get to have a real peoples friendship now!! Crazy how we went from being 8 hours apart, to our lives moving us just 30 minutes away from each other. Thank you for being my pal.
One month down of college, a lot of months to go!