My name is Alyssa and I am on the four and a half year plan at the University of Georgia. After a few major changes and an upset parent, I will be graduating in December 2015.
I am from a town called Mishawaka, Indiana. Most of the time when I say where I am from people usually say, “Excuse me, where?” It is a small town in Indiana an hour away from the Michigan border and twenty minutes away from the University of Notre Dame.
My family consists of two older brothers who will never see me as an adult, a mother who is so strong and my hero, and two grandparents who have lived next door to me since I was born and are always there for me. Family is the most important thing to me and I am so lucky to have the support of my family in everything that I do.
Indiana to Georgia
For the majority of my life I have been known as Alyssa the baton twirler, I guess that is expected when I started twirling at the age of three. My grandmother, mother, aunt, and cousin all twirl the baton so you could say it is a family thing. Ever since about the third grade I knew I wanted to twirl in college, it was just a matter if figuring out which college I should go to. I had changed my mind several times on which school I wanted to go to/twirl at. During my senior year of high school, mom and I went on several college visits. My baton twirling coach suggested we visit the University of Georgia. When my mom told me we were going to visit I could not have cared less. I was like Georgia you think I should go to school in Georgia? Little did I know that when I visited UGA I would fall in love with the campus, the school, and the South so quickly. After my visit from then on it was only the University of Georgia that was on my mind. Later I auditioned to twirl at UGA and have never looked back since.