Being from a small town definitely makes me in a minority on campus. Many professors just assume that everyone in the in room is from Chicago (or one of its many suburbs).
NEWSFLASH: Just because I live in Illinois, doesn’t mean I’m from Chicago!
Thankfully, I know I’m not the only small town girl on campus that gets frustrated with the Chicagoans who have no idea where their food comes from.
I live at 4-H House, a cooperative sorority on campus. Almost all of the girls in our house are farm girls or at least from a small town and the vast majority are in an agricultural major. We have all been in 4-H or FFA, or both. Living in a house with 51 other girls definitely has it’s challenges, but its wonderful to be able to come home and vent about the annoying, clueless city kids while sitting at the table eating food with lots of meat, cheese, and butter in it!
4-H House has been the best thing about being on a Big 10 Campus for me. When you go to college for the first time, it’s overwhelming, especially when there are more than 6,700 people in your freshman class! But it’s a lot less overwhelming when you have your pledge sisters that are just as lost and clueless as you are and the older girls who can tell you how to get where you need to go and give you advice on what classes to take and what classes not to take.
It’s an incredible blessing to have a small community and family of people that truly care about you when you are in such a big, intimidating place. 4-H House reminds me that I’m not alone on this campus and makes my small town seem not quite so far away!
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