After a seven week stretch of classes, I was very ready to be reunited with my family for a week on Spring Break. Having time to set aside schoolwork and go back home to spend time with my family was much needed. However, about halfway through spring break I had already begun to miss Samford and all of my friends I had made there.
I was very surprised by this feeling. After all, time off from school is always a good thing, right? If you had told my high school-self that there would be a time when I was actually ready to return to school before I was absolutely forced to, I would've thought you were insane.
I think that speaks a lot about the culture at Samford. It has a unique environment that forms such close community between students that it makes students anticipate their return to school, rather than dread it. Even the return from all the adventures of spring break are welcomed because it provides the opportunity for reunion for students with their Samford family.
Not to mention, Samford in the spring is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The quad is full of life with current students, tours of prospective students, and events in Ben Brown. The dogwood trees in front of Vail shower the freshmen students with their white petals, creating what almost looks like a spring snowstorm.
Samford is one of the most unique communities I am blessed to be a part of. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this school and be a member of the student body. The friends I have made during my time this year are surely life-long, and I look forward to years of friendship with each of them. Today, as I look outside at the beauty of this campus and reflect upon my first year here, there is no place I'd rather be.