I think when it just came down to it, I felt
like IU was the best for me. Wanted to stay close enough to home to go
home but far enough away from home to be away from home. I kind of just knew. It was just one of those feelings where you
just kind of know that’s where you want to go. I was really small in high school, so that’s
probably what I was the most nervous about. I was just a little bit homesick. I was really close with my family and friends
from home, so I just kind of missed them. Because I was going to be so far away, I needed
people who would feel like a family. Amanda made me feel like I was a part of the
family immediately. I think she just kind of… Like immediately made me feel like I belong. And so, that was really big for me before
I came. I felt like I had my battle buddies. Like, I didn’t have to turn around to know
that they had my back through anything I did. It just felt like home. I think for our freshman specifically I’ve
really tried to reach out to them and just let them know I am there. I know how you feel and you’re not as alone
as you think you are. I don’t know, I just tell the guys just,
‘Everything’s going to be alright. I mean, you are with family.’