OK now the wait was over! It was August 17, 1996, and I was beginning my new life in Rock Hill, SC on the campus of Winthrop University. It was truly a different world, and more diverse, thus easier for me to make friends from all walks of life.
I didn’t have a roommate that year has mine moved out within a week. I had to get adjusted to a new schedule, environment, city, culture and schedule, whew! I went home a lot more at first and I missed my family and hometown so much.
However, the more involved I got, the better it was. I met so many people that year, and really ended up liking it. Many make fun of my country accent (which I didn’t realize was so thick prior), but I was still social. I made some good friends and connections, and followed some paths that would pay off later.
By the time the end of the Spring 1997 semester came, I didn’t want to go home. I then wanted to make a plan to stay on campus or in town as much as possible,…