Friday, February 18, 2011

Show Us Your Life- Your Alma Mater

I thought it would be fun to link up with Kelly's Korner blog again this week and talk about our Alma Mater.

Derek and I both graduated from Harding University.


When I was a junior, I got to join my sister on a college tour when her friend backed out of going. I am so glad her friend couldn't go! Ha! 

I fell instantly in love with Harding. I knew that's where I wanted to go! The only problem was that it was 6 hours away and my sister chose a different school. I stood my ground and tried my hardest to persuade my grandparents this was the school for me. They were worried about sending me somewhere so far away. 

Thankfully I started in Fall of 2004. 

My very first class was Freshman Bible- New Testament Survey. I chose a seat by a girl I sort of knew from Nashville- thanks Jennifer! :) 

What I didn't know was that Derek was sitting in the row right behind me. 

I met Derek during his dorm open house. (The guys and girls are only allowed in each other's dorm lobbies, so once a month or so they would let a few dorms have open houses where they guys or girls could come up provided they followed a few rules!)

A few weeks later he waited for me after we finished one of our Bible tests and that night we had our first date! 

That's one of the reasons I love Harding so much. Without it, I would have never met Derek! 

Derek wasn't the only amazing person I met! I was blessed with a great group of girls on my hall freshman year. We had so much fun! I feel like I was richly blessed with all of the people I got to meet. It was an absolutely amazing experience. 

I chose to major in Interior Design, but I chose late so I was put behind in my classes. Having Anna-Kate right as I started my lab classes didn't help me speed up my timeline either! I am so glad though. 

God blessed me with such a wonderful group of friends in my classes! When you spend as much time together as we did, you learn to love each other. I really did. I miss my classmates and teachers more than anything! I'd almost go back, just so I could have my friends back! 

21 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'm glad I could have a small role in getting you two together!

Angela said...

My husband and I met at Harding too! I am guessing we had some of the same classes b/c I was interiors merchandising- (but I graduated in 2002!

Kendall said...

Stopping by from Kellys Link Up! I graduated from Harding too! We were there at the same time! I graduated in 2006!

Your family is beautiful!

Tamar SB said...

What a sweet story and sweet memories - and I am learning about colleges I never heard of before!

Tamar - linking from Kelly's blog

Jennifer said...

Dropping by from Kelly's blog. I too went to Harding. Many years before you though. I graduated in 1994. Loved loved loved my time at Harding! It's a great place!

Lydia said...

Hey- stopping by from Kelly's Korner! I just love that you went to Harding... one of my very best friends from high school went there, starting Fall 2005. She always had great stories about Harding that left me loving the school too!

abi said...

Saw you on Kelly's Korner and wanted to say hi - I'm a Harding grad too (only a few years earlier - 2003 with Fine Art/Psych degree).

Elizabeth said...

I'm stopping by from Kelly's Korner. I went to Harding too and loved it. It's so great to read about others who had the same great experience. I graduated in 2004 and am still in touch with friends all over the country. :)

Gail said...

Props to you for finishing with so much going on personally!

Are you currently using your degree? You know I mentioned I'm thinking of getting mine...but how thin can I stretch myself without having a total mommy breakdown? ;)

I've thought of using my current boutique as a segue-way into interior design. Thinking of offering "mood boards" and then based on their selections, design and make their curtains (which I've done for people anyway), pillows (which I already offer on my site), bedding, etc...adding the personal touches I do already with monogramming, etc. but, I'm doing photography, too. Ugh. Is it bad to love doing so many things? Lol.

Have you done mood boards? What do you think of that?

Michele said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from Kelly's Korner. My friend's dad and mom (he's our old preacher) attended Harding. I've always heard such great things about it. Nice to "meet" you!

GREG AND JANICE said...

Hi! I am so happy that I found your blog (through Kelly's). My husband, Greg, is a Harding grad, so your link caught my eye. You have such a cute blog! :)

derekandnicki said...

Thank you for checking out our blog! Love your blog too- your header is so neat! Thanks for following!

derekandnicki said...

That's really neat! Nice to "meet" you too Michele!

derekandnicki said...

That's really neat! I loved it so much. It's really neat to see where everyone is. I'm so grateful that I had the experience and chance to meet so many different people.

derekandnicki said...

Thanks for checking out our blog! The very first art class I took was drawing comp with Pitt... that's what made me realize I was better suited for architectural drawing! Ha!

derekandnicki said...

That's so neat! I had a lot of friends that came in 2005! It's a great place! Thanks for reading!

derekandnicki said...

Thanks for reading! It's really neat to see how many other people went to Harding! It is a great place!

derekandnicki said...

So glad you stopped by! Harding is a very special place for me! Thanks for reading!

derekandnicki said...

Oh how neat! It's a small world! So glad you checked out our blog! Thank you! I read your post and your friend Teddy looks familiar... but you know how big Harding is! We were signed up to go to Italy but we were blessed with a daughter instead! :)

derekandnicki said...

:) I just love Harding for the people I've been able to meet and the connections I've made! That is really neat! Thanks for visiting our blog!

derekandnicki said...

Me too Jennifer! :)

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