Winter break was a long one.
The way the calendar fell this year, TCU students and faculty had a month of no classes in between fall and spring semester. I took my month to go back to my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, now home to recent TCU football standout Andy Dalton. I have to say, Dalton coming to town has done wonders for my popularity! Everyone wants to know if I ever saw him on campus. (Unfortunately, no, he graduated before I even arrived.)
By the time January 15th rolled around, I was excited to come back to the university I love so much. I must admit, I missed my friends way more than I thought possible, and I missed my home away from home, Milton Daniel.
You see, to me Milton Daniel has become much more than the place where I lay my head at night. It is a constant support system, as everyone who lives in the building, even the Resident Assistants, is a member of the honors college. They run so many programs to help honors students academically, socially, and emotionally, that I always feel uplifted. Some of the greatest friends I have ever had in my life live in this building, and it is a constant reassurance during a difficult day that they will be there when I get home.
When I first told people I was going to live in a dorm with only honors students, some questioned what I was thinking. However, when they see pictures and how happy I truly am, they are able to understand what the John V. Roach Honors College really is. It’s not just a bunch of extra work, or another cord to wear at graduation. It’s a group of people who care about each other, and drive each other to be the best possible person they can be.
I don’t think I would have been nearly as successful my first semester in college without the wonderful support system I have gained in the honors college, and I am excited for another semester at TCU as a part of the honors college.