Teal is more than a color!

I am one not fond of making decisions. I don’t care if it is picking a restaurant to dine in, a pair of shoes to wear, or whether or not I want to run or skip, I just don’t like doing it. So when the time came for me to pick a college, it was a really difficult decision…I mean, that’s a big decision to make. I knew what I wanted to study, I knew I was going to play basketball, and I knew that my decision would be made solely on two factors: the closet size in the dorm rooms and the food in the cafeteria.

After about a hundred visits to colleges, I finally agreed to visit Thiel College in Greenville, PA. The head basketball coach had been heavily recruiting me for months, so my family and I decided we should at least give her the courtesy of a visit. I had never heard of the school, or the town for that matter, but I agreed. The size of the dorm rooms and closets met my expectations, and they were serving grilled provolone (my favorite!) in the cafeteria. Even better: it was only 50 minutes from my hometown, which meant my parents and family could come watch me play.

I think a lot of people get buyer’s remorse after they pick a college. I know a lot of my friends did. Fortunately for me, I never experienced this. I can still say to this day that choosing Thiel College to be my school of choice was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I do not have one regret about attending there, and I wish everyone could have had the amazing college experience that I was lucky enough to have at Thiel.

Last week, after a great deal of planning and schedule juggling, I arrived back at Thiel for a day with my college crew. Any time I get to spend with them is never enough.  I talk often about the joys I have gained from joining my beloved sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, but the greatest joy from that sorority is having the same group of friends I had over a decade ago still in my life. These ladies….Caitlin, Katie 3, Julie, Ferretti, and Keener (though she couldn’t be there for our Thiel date, she was still there in spirit…love you, hooker) are five of the most amazing class acts I have ever met, and it is so great to call them not only friends, but sisters. Even though some have gotten married, they will forever be known by their names/nicknames in college….old habits are hard to break. I know that when the time comes when I get married that I will forever be known simply by my last name, as that is how I was referred to in college and still am today. I’m okay with that.

My time with the crew at Thiel was incredible. We decided to meet there really out of convenience…it wasn’t too far from any one of us…plus it gave us an excuse to hit up some of our favorite places. I mean, where else can you go and get a huge meal and only pay $4.00? Greenville, PA, that’s where. After lunch we decided to walk around campus, which was such a blast. Even though it has been years since we were all there together, it still felt like just yesterday. Naturally, we took a ton of pictures. My favorites all have such strong memories attached:

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We spent some time in the good ol’ HMSC (That’s Howard Miller Student Center for those non Tomcat readers). The HMSC was a place we spent a lot of time together…everything from grabbing Starbucks to hanging out in the game room to welcoming our new sisters during Rush…..some of us (ok, me) may have even slept on the random couches in there a time or two. It was so weird to walk through the halls….memories came back to me that had long been forgotten. I even mailed a speeding ticket I had recently gotten from the post office on campus. Oh, ICM….I sure do miss getting those.

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I cannot even begin to tell you the topics discussed at this lunch table. We sat at the same table in the middle of the lunch room the entire time I was in college. People just knew it was a Xi table, and you don’t mess with us at lunch time. Usually we pulled a number of tables together so everyone could be closer, but regardless lunch time was just ridiculous. I wish I had a dollar for every time I said “the Eagle has landed” at lunch, or the number of times Ryan Fry ate at our table, or the number of times I got criticized for eating butterscotch pudding. The memories at this table are some that can never be duplicated. It didn’t matter how terrible the day was…when we all got together for lunch, life made sense.

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Yeah, this pose happened every day at 8am for Western Humanities and Global class. What a dumb idea…have over a hundred kids in a lecture hall, many hung over, forced to listen to strange topics being discussed. I only wish the chairs were this comfy back then….but who am I kidding, I still would’ve slept. Getting to see some of the classrooms I spent so much time in made me miss school. Yes, I even missed the dumb assignments and boring classes.

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We even managed to sneak into the library where we used to have our study tables while pledging. I know we were supposed to be focused on doing our homework and getting stellar grades, but we spent the majority of study tables screwing around and being mischievous. I’m happy to report that the library still smells exactly the same…the stacks are still creepy….and people are probably still making out back there.

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This picture may very well be one of my all time favorites. This location on campus is known as Brother Martin’s Walk. According to the college, it is good luck to walk down the sidewalk from College Avenue (where we are here) all the way to the end by Harter Hall with your significant other. Apparently this brought luck and endless love into your life. I know many people this has held true for, though I myself never made that stroll. Even though Cait was taking this picture, I like to think I got the luck and endless love by having these ladies in my life and getting to walk with them on Brother Martin’s Walk. Like the quote in Sex and the City suggests, ” “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.” ― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City.

To my Juls, Katie 3, Hooker, Ferretti, and Cait…I am so lucky to have you in my life, and I am so happy our friendship has withstood the test of time. There is no doubt you all are my soul mates. TFJ.

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