Friends of ASCCA: Lizzie Transfers to Auburn University! (The Story)

The secret is out! I’m transferring to Auburn University! I’ve actually known about this for months now, but I decided to keep it a secret. Going to Auburn had always been a goal of mine since I was in the 5th or 6th grade. I knew eventually I could reach that goal even though the ride to reach that goal would not be easy. Boy, that ride was not easy. The ride was long and challenging. It required a lot of hard work, perseverance, and determination.

The ACT was the big thing that got in the way of me automatically going to Auburn. I ended up taking the ACT twice. My first score on the ACT was a 14 and the second score was a 16. The second time I took the ACT though I got a 19 on the English portion. My parents and I knew that I wouldn’t get a good enough score on the ACT, I needed a smaller school so that was I able to transition easily to Auburn. My 19 on the English portion of the ACT got me into this program at Auburn University at Montgomery called the Bridge Program. The program is where people that have low ACT scores get “admitted” to the school, but not fully admitted. To get out of that program and become a regular student, my first semester at AUM, I had to get C’s or above. Well, I ended up doing just that. I ended up being a fully admitted student. It wasn’t until towards the end of my freshman year that I applied to transfer to Auburn. I had spent countless nights and countless hours studying at the kitchen table. I have been doing that all night. That’s how I get good grades. I was really pushing myself to get good grades especially during my freshman year to show Auburn. The ACT really lowered my self-esteem, so when I sent in my application to Auburn, I was really nervous. 

One day I was on the ride home from somewhere with my mom and my dad called us. He said something like “I heard from a co-worker of mine that her daughter is able to see on her application that she submitted whether she got in or not.” It had only been a few weeks since I submitted my application. I was starting to freak out and I immediately started shaking. I quickly picked up my phone and started texting two of my friends. My computer was at my house, so I had to wait until I got home to look. When I got home, I rushed upstairs, started talking to more good friends of mine, opened my computer, logged into my application, and there I saw it. I got accepted. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I ran to my mom and she was the first one I told. (I was so shocked, and I still am to this day.) Next thing I did was FaceTime my grandma. Then I told my best friends. Everyone was happy and excited. 

My advice to you all is if you have a “bump in the road” in the process while trying to reach a goal, keep on pushing. Hard work totally pays off in the end. I’ve been through a lot in my life. I’ve had to overcome and accomplish many things. Getting into Auburn is one of my biggest accomplishments. It took a lot to get here, but it was all worth it. I’m going to take a summer class at Auburn. That class is starting really soon. I’m excited for this new transition. It’s going to be a new adventure.

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