Match Point Blog: Home Away from Home

  • By Erin Slinde
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  • March 16, 2017 12:54 PM
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When people ask me where I’m from when I’m at college, the usual response I get is: “What the heck are you doing in West Virginia?”
Well, this is my answer.
While I was going through my recruiting process, I had no desire to stay close to home - even though my mother would have probably preferred it to be that way. I made it a priority to find some place that I thought was going to be the right fit for me, whether it be close to home, or on the other side of the country. Either way, I was determined to find it.This is how I ended up at West Virginia University.
I am being completely honest when I say that I committed to West Virginia volleyball program. Everything else was secondary for me. It wasn’t until I started school here a year ago that I soon figured out what West Virginia University was truly about. This is the part that I fell in love with. I immediately fell in love with the school spirit, the community, the campus, the scenery, the mix of old and modern, the people… I could go on and on. For me, the best part of going to a school so far away from home was that it was so exciting to be some place completely new to me; some place that no one knew who I was or where I came from.
One thing I love the most about going to school in a place that isn’t common for a Minnesotan to go is that I have met so many people from all over the country and world. It is easy to go to school at a place that makes it hard to see yourself anywhere else.
So much has happened in a year, but most importantly: I learned how to make WVU my new home.
There have been many ups and downs but, at the end of the day, I am grateful for everything that has happened because it makes me who I am today.
I am thankful for my parents support to help me get to where I am today. I am thankful for the coaches who helped me make the adjustment from playing in high school to becoming a college athlete. I am thankful for my teammates who push me to be a better player every day and who have my back whenever I need someone to talk to. I am thankful for all the new people I have met and created relationships with in just the lone year I have been here.
I think about how different my life would be if I hadn’t taken a chance and gone out of my comfort zone to visit West Virginia. I would have never met so many amazing people, seen such amazing things or figured out the person that a truly want to be. I can confidently say that half of my heart is in Minnesota, and the other half is in West Virginia and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.


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