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In this post, Baylor Bound will be featuring stories from various freshmen on how they came to decide that Baylor was the place they were supposed to be!
"My path to Baylor isn't anything special, really...
I have moved 9 times in my life, and I've lived in 2 other countries so it's safe to say that stability isn't something I'm used to... Ever since I was a little girl I had dreamed of going to an amazing college where I knew I could grow mentally, socially, and spiritually. When I moved to Texas the summer before my freshman year of high school, my parents told me that we were here to stay. I knew that I wanted to go to an in-state school so my junior year I had began looking at colleges. I had heard all this talk about Baylor and about how wonderful and amazing it was so I decided to check it out. I first toured UNT, and the minute I stepped on campus I felt gross. Baylor was the second school I toured, and I went for the Spring Premiere. I asked my dad to accompany me, knowing that he would help me take in the experience. As we sat in the opening ceremony, I saw my dads eyes fill with tears. He then looked at me and said, "I am just so proud of you." I knew then, that Baylor was where God wanted me to be."
"So until I toured Baylor sophomore I was dead set on A&M. Baylor was the first college I officially toured and I instantly fell in love. All the colleges we visited after that couldn't even come close to Baylor. I fell in love with the campus, community, programs, academics, literally everything. The whole school feels like a big family. Ever since I visited I knew Baylor was the place for me (so much that it's the only college I applied to). Each time I visit I fall more and more in love with Baylor and my decision to attend keeps getting confirmed. Everyone I've met who is either is currently at Baylor, went to Baylor, or knows someone who went to/goes to Baylor has nothing but good things to say about it. Baylor gives me everything I want - it has outstanding academics and programs, an amazing community, awesome people, it's God-focused, it's far enough away from home that I can get the college feel but not too far that I can't get home quickly, and honestly I could go on and on. But ever since I visited I knew it was the place for me."
"I'm originally from San Antonio, TX, but I had never known about Baylor or where I would want to eventually go. I then moved to California and though I would be going to school in state. My mom was looking at Baylor at said I should visit. At the time I knew I was looking for a university that had Christian values, a community, and a heck of a lot of school spirit-the opposite qualities of my high school in California. The moment I stepped foot on Baylor's campus, I knew I was meant to be there. Everyone was oh so friendly, always having smiles on their faces. The golden dome sitting atop Pat Neff Hall drew me in closer and the traditional spirit of the campus was a huge plus! My dad even said when he saw how happy I was on the tour bus he knew it was the right fit. Without hesitating I convinced myself that I would be a Baylor bear. I previously attended Baylor Line Camp in June and that was by far the most fun I've ever had in one week. I met so many close friends that I now call family and I was able to grow closer and closer to God and what my given purpose at Baylor was. We weren't ever strangers, but friends that hadn't yet met. We all shared something in common-our genuine enthusiasm for Baylor and the happiness of each and every one of us. We knew it was going to be the best four years EVER. Line camp reassured my want and eagerness to come to Baylor and begin a whole new chapter meeting new friends, growing spiritually, and taking risks while thriving in myself. I guess my Baylor story has a beginning, but it'll never have an end. "
"Down on my knees, I relentlessly chased after the God of all the universe. There on the ground I prayed prayers of inquisition about my future. In the moment of being completely saturated in His presence, God spoke to me. He revealed to me a small chapter of His beautiful plan and it was that I would be attending Baylor University. I heard His voice. God had spoken to me and changed my life. I had received wonderful revelation in such a miraculous way. Through the Lord's direct words I know that I am called to attend Baylor. It wasn't a feeling nor a slip of my imagination, it was the voice of God. Hearing that I was to attend Baylor was really cool because I had never heard of the university until I really sought after the Lord’s special plan for my life. Since that night, I have really pressed into God and pushed to have true peace about where to go to college. Later in the year I was serving at church and there was a new substitute for another volunteer in my classroom. As we were talking she told me that she was a graduate of Baylor. I was so excited because this was the very first person I had ever met who had been a Baylor Alumni. It was extra special because this was a time in my life where I was seeking the Lord's will for my life. We talked for an hour about all the things she experienced and afterwards I could feel the peace of God surround me. I know that God sent that girl into my life so that I could know that God was with me in all my decisions. I'm really leaning on God in this season and trusting that His plan really is the perfect plan for my life. I am so excited and honored to say that Baylor University is the university that God chose for me."
There you have it! Stories from four incoming freshmen on how they came to know that Baylor was the place they were supposed to be! Isn't it awesome! Makenna, Hannah, Ashley, and Ailina-thank you for sharing your stories! We can't wait to get to know you in the fall!