Moving to Jacksonville was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I moved there initially for college when I joined Jacksonville University. It wasn’t my first choice university, but I decided to move because they offered me a full scholarship. I didn’t have to a pay a dime for tuition and I got on campus housing. I was undecided on my major for the first year, but I knew that I wanted to go into psychology after taking a couple psychology courses. The way the mind works is just so compelling to me. Mind reading has always been the superhero power I have wanted and I think psychology is as close as it gets.
In the meanwhile, I picked up a job at Publix just so I could have some pocket money and because I was saving up to get a car. It was really hard getting around without a car. My parents said they would help me by letting me be on their insurance coverage and that they would pay for it as well. They also promised to help me make a down payment on a car since they didn’t have to spend a dime on my college education. And thankfully my younger brother was about 6 years off college and my older sister had joined the army and got a full ride to college as well.
In my second year at the university, I enrolled in a personality psychology course and that’s where I met my boyfriend Jamie. He sat next to me from the very first day and he always made funny comments in between the lecture. He always made me laugh and one day he asked me if I would go out with him. We went out and within six months we had moved in together off-campus. We moved into a cute little one-bedroom apartment, but our AC broke as soon we moved in. The landlord gave us the number to Waychoff’s Air Conditioning and told us to call them because they were good friends of his. They came to our apartment and fixed the AC in no time at all. As soon as they were gone, we sat right in front of it because the fan just did not cut it! Moving from Minnesota to Florida was a jump that I was ready for, but the heat was unbearable sometimes. My snowman genes were just not ready for the heat of that summer.