I came to the realization the other night that I have less than six months left in my college career. That's right folks, after four years of refuge from the real world, it's almost time for me to take the next big step. Soon I'll be saying goodbye to Sweet Home Tallahassee, but before I do I'll try and cram as much "living" into the next six months as possible.
Luckily for me, my friends at SI.com have come up with a perfect way for me to do that -- ROADTRIP!
So I'm packing my bags, determined to visit as many colleges as possible across the great U.S. of A. and experience the most heated rivalries, electrifying sports venues, and cultures of colleges from coast to coast. And you get to come along!
But like any newbie to the college scene, each campus will be unfamiliar territory to me. While I am not exactly a freshman, I'll need your help finding the best college hot spots in your town, because let's face it, no one wants to be left out of the party. Show me where all the "cool kids" hang out on game day, teach me the rituals, the cheers, and traditions on your campus. Above all else, show me what I've been missing out on the past four years. However let's keep the hazing to a minimum. Maybe it's baptism by fire but I guarantee by the end of my stay, I'll able to hang with the best of you.
In 2005, three girls from Florida State gave 1,500 young men a reason to relocate to Tallahassee. Now it's your turn. Think about it guys, this is like free recruiting to convince the rest of America why they should've been a (insert your school mascot here). Does your school have a reputation as a bookworm haven, a party school powerhouse, or do people give you a blank stare when you tell them where you go to school? You can set the record straight and make a name for your school.
Show me your true colors Collegetown USA, and remind me what getting a higher education is all about. It's my goal to share the best of the college years with you -- unlike those lost Saved by the Bell episodes we'd rather forget -- and maybe even remind those in the corporate world of their own glory days. After all, college is supposed to be the best four years of your life, and if you take yourself too seriously you may miss out.
The first stop on my tour: Wichita, Kansas. Look out Wichita State.
Toto, I don't think we're in Tallahassee anymore. That's right Shockers, I'm coming to town this weekend to film my first road trip for SI.com and I'm ready to take you along for the ride.
The following weekend, I'm off to Oregon. I'm looking forward to my time in the land of the Shockers and Ducks, but I need your help. Give me all the juice about your school and let me know where to hang out.
See you soon! And P.S., I may need a guide, so if you're the one that's in the "know", show me why they say... there's "No place like home."
Other upcoming colleges include:
• Syracuse • LSU • Wisconsin • And a stint in Las Vegas.
Your school not on the list yet? Send me an email at my SI mailbag (above) or a note on Facebook, and tell me why your school is a must-see college sports venue.
So get ready America, this girl is fixin' to take you by storm. Who knows... maybe I'll even find a good grad school?