|At Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana circa 1998|
I visited Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, when I was a Senior in High School. Mom drove me. We spoke to the professors in the Liberal Arts department, and I asked them questions about their philosophy program.
I did not enroll in the school - I ended up becoming a seminary student at Saint Joseph Seminary in Saint Benedict, Louisiana.
However, Centenary symbolizes the trajectory I could have taken if I had chosen to stake out my own way as a college student on my own terms.
It is interesting to think about what you think you want versus what other people want for you. I knew I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college. I wanted to go to something other than the big state university, and at the time, I had no motivation to study far away from home.
In the photograph, I am wearing what - at the time - I considered my sophisticated garb. I look pretty decent, and I love my choice of glasses!
A portrait of me taken by my Mom. It's her favorite picture of me
from my teen years. We were en route to Centenary College
for a college visit. I was in twelfth grade.
In another photograph from that same college visit, my mother, obsessed with Fall colors, had us stop on the side of the road to take pictures.
If I had gone to Centenary, I would have been saddled with more debt as an adult - and I certainly would have been introduced to a completely different set of teachers and students. Would the trajectory of my life have been different?
I know many seniors in High School are visiting colleges during this time. What colleges draw your attention? I think it is important to think about how you want to be in college and where you want to be - because you spend so much time in college, studying, and making friends - it's a pretty major decision.
Good luck to all the seniors out there.