Family Disappointment Proud to Call Herself a Wildcat
After attending three days of Ivy League graduation torture for her siblings, Weinberg Sophomore and family disappointment Nicole Bowman decided that she is finally OK with being part of the Northwestern community. "Maybe it was all the conversations where everyone wanted to 'unpack' unrelated social issues or the people sitting behind me who were comparing their houses on the Cape, but I finally knew this elitist circle-jerk wasn't for me."
After "seemingly endless" hours of traditional ceremonies and longwinded speeches, Bowman realized that despite her bitter East Coast attitude, she belongs at NU. However, no one, not even Bowman could've predicted this emotional transformation. Having gone into the weekend's events expecting an existential crisis that would cause her to question every decision she had ever made, she was reassured to know that though she missed out on enjoying a campus so beautiful it could make a grown man cry, she also dodged the bullet of having to walking up a giant hill to go to class.
"It was a draining weekend that reminded me that the CollegeBoard online quiz was right, I am a 'pretty good' match for Northwestern. Also, nothing beats that flat Midwestern terrain. Hills do a lot damage to the body. Not just the knees, but also to the psyche."
Coming from a family of Ivy League graduates, the family disappointment never thought she would come to terms with her college decision. But, two years and one graduation weekend later, she found the Northwestern love she never thought she'd know. Commenting her newfound Purple Pride, Bowman added, "I mean sure, I won't leave college with a real liberal arts education but at least I'll know a catchy fight song."