To start, I should introduce myself. My name is Noah Griffith, and I am in fact a “freshman blogger,” which explains why you might be reading this right now. I was born and raised in Greenville, SC. I originally found out about Samford from my cousin, and my sister who also went here. My first few weeks here have been incredible. I have loved finding my favorite classes, making friends and the food in the Caf. However, I didn’t think I would ever end up at Samford.
About a year ago, I did not want to come to Samford. My mind was closed to the idea because I have such a large personality that I thought the only place I could fit in would be a larger school. This turned out not to be the case.
When I first met with one of Samford’s admission counselors, I got my first taste of how involved the faculty and staff are willing to be. My counselor ended up doing so much for me: she was able to help me find the right scholarships, handpicked who she thought might be a good fit for my roommate (she was right) and helped a lot through my application process. Before I even came to campus, I realized that because Samford is a smaller university, the quality of assistance you receive just being a student is unmatched. This was a huge turning point for me in choosing Samford because it allowed me to see that this university really cares about me and my individual success.
As far as life on campus goes, I don’t think that I was fully aware of what events on Samford’s campus are truly like. In my junior year of high school, I came to my first Samford football game and happened to run into some friends from back home. I had just finished the tour, so I was familiar with campus, but I was still unfamiliar to what it is like for an everyday student at Samford.
My friends shared what life is actually like here by introducing me to athletes, tailgating with the Greeks and even sitting in the student section at the football game. I didn’t expect everyone on campus knows each other and participates in campus life together. Even though people were involved all over campus, everyone genuinely wanted to get to know each other and help each other.
In talking to friends who had already graduated, I realized the bond of Samford doesn’t end when you walk out the door. There is a knot that ties the Samford community together and pushes you to want to succeed.
My journey to Samford was one of many twists and turns, but ultimately I believe I landed in just the right place. Though at first I didn’t expect all Samford offers, I learned that they always have my best in thought in mind and have a well-orchestrated path for my success. Someone once put it like this: Samford may not be for everyone, but there is a place for everyone at Samford--which I think says it all.