I hope I don’t make any enemies from this, but I almost went to the University of Virginia.
After a long battle of never-ending pros and cons, of extensive soul searching and Internet browsing, I had that deposit signed, sealed and ready to go on May 1, anxiety raging. Was I a Cavalier or a Hokie?
I looked at my pile of Virginia Tech paraphernalia that had accumulated over my 18 years of being a fan, assuming I had been forced into maroon and orange at birth and thought, well I guess I’m a Cavalier now. I was relieved to finally have made a real decision, after such a long agonizing month of uncertainty. On my way to school that morning, decked in my lone orange and blue T-shirt, I pulled into a parking lot, made a frantic call to my mother and changed my mind.
The response was overwhelming. My changing Facebook status brought on a firestorm of hate, and although I had many fellow Tech supporters, the general consensus was “why?” My parents certainly didn’t jump on the bandwagon. They were overjoyed and made no attempt at trying to hide it like they had a day earlier when they thought their daughter was a traitor. They raised a Tech flag like the Fourth of July and notified all their family and friends as if I had just gotten engaged.
The fact of the matter is I chose Tech because I just felt I fit in a little better. I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t the food or the football games or specifically the dress code at said football games, but something about it just seemed a little more realistic, a little bit more fun. The fact that I made my decision and immediately felt a twinge of regret may have also had something to do with it. They say panic attacks aren’t necessarily good signs.
My best friend gave me a really hard time about it, though I’d like to think it was because I had chosen a school further away from her. She printed out statistics and rankings and newspaper articles with comments from the mighty Princeton Review saying what I knew all along, and I could care less. Who cares if it’s the best value school, do you even know how much an apartment costs in Charlottesville?