Hopscotch from Coast to Coast

Toss the pebble. Hop on one foot, hop on one foot. Now two feet, one foot, two feet. One foot again and then home free.

Sound familiar?

The game is hopscotch. And it’s nothing short of what my experience has been the last four years. Of course with some variation.

There I was the fall semester of my senior year of high school. Growing up in a small town in California, I was ready to move on. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved that town but my heart had been set on going to a school in Texas ever since I was a little kid. So there I stood, applications in my hand, nervous and excited all at the same time. I was tossing my pebbles, and I was going for the distance.

Where did the pebble land? Baylor University.

Hop, hop, hop.

Baylor has been great! The people that I have met and the experiences I have had will stay with me forever. It’s true what they say, your college years really are the best years of your life, and that little university situated in the heart of Waco, Texas stole my heart.

Fast forward to spring my junior year.

I stood with pebbles in my hand. This time when I tossed, I was aiming for New York City. Baylor had this great program. Film and Journalism students were offered an opportunity to spend a semester in the Big Apple interning for various companies.

I got in… Small hop.

That fall I applied for internships. It was 1050 ESPN New York that hired me. The pebble had finally stopped rolling  and I was more than ready to hop with two feet.

This internship has been more than I ever thought it would be. I have been able to market myself in a big city. I have really fallen in love with my job and the people I work with. I’ve been all over Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

But, sadly enough, my semester is coming to a close. The pebbles have landed back in the Waco square and I’m all set to hop in a few weeks.

It’s bittersweet.

I’m leaving part of my heart in New York, much like Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, but I’m gaining back the part I left in Texas in the first place.

Even though I’m headed back to Waco, I’m already tossing my pebbles again. I’ll be watching them roll for the next four months as I finish up my degree. The chalked course has grown immensely. Those pebbles can honestly stop anywhere, but wherever it is…

I’m ready for another hop!


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