Lex Mills - College, Eldora Speedway, Family

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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.  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!