WRITTEN BY WILL BARRETT
Dahlonega has become my home away from home. The treks that I have to make to class make leg days at the gym obsolete, and the surplus of familiar faces from North Hall evenly matches the new faces at UNG. Even though I commute back and forth to campus four days a week, the hospitality of my friends both old and new never ceases to amaze me. Even though their dorms are about as claustrophobic as a broom closet, they always make room for me.
I’ve made some incredible connections up here already, not just among classmates and other students, but faculty-wise as well. I drop by their offices every opportunity I get. Their advice on handling college, as well as the opportunities they offer me to expand my career is appreciated more than they know.
Other than the friends who’ve dug their roots in the Gold Rush college town of Georgia, other friends from other colleges across the Peach State often visit to soak in the at-home feeling UNG gives to everyone (partly because UNG is right next-door to the town we all grew up in).
I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some of the most respectable gentlemen on campus, as well as the prettiest group of ladies. Recently, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Phi Mu sorority came out to participate in our latest photoshoot for our new product line. Since then, they’ve been making their support of our organization known, spreading the word, and for that I am grateful beyond measure.
In essence, Dahlonega, Georgia has been good to me, as I’m sure the other college towns where my friends reside has been good to them too. When I first started college, I would’ve told you off the bat that I missed high school. If you asked me now, I would tell you differently. I’m having a blast so far, both in school, and in life in general.