College is the place where you start to shape who you are going to be for the rest of your life. However, it is not the college that changes, you, but your decisions in college that will provide the most growth for you. UNC-CH is my college, and I chose it because it provides me with the opportunities to grow into the person that I want to be, the best person I can be. I did not choose it for only three reasons, but all of my reasons can fit into three categories that are so vital that one is no more important than the other. The first, UNC-CH is a home. It is a place where one can be comfortable within a family or in our case a community. It is nurturing and always provides us with options to succeed. Whether it be through our wonderful professors taking to time for office hours, our academic advisers who set us on the right path, or our CAREERS center to help guide us for the future (to name a few), the faculty at UNC-CH are in place to allow us to grow. That is what I would call a home. Secondly, Chapel Hill is a college and more so a town that provides so much to do. There are so many ways to have fun and equally important, relax. This is necessary for growth as well, the ability to get away from the struggles of working hard and to be able to remember that there needs to be fun involved in growing, or there is no point in growing at all. College is not a chore, it is a set of opportunities, and Chapel Hill provides those opportunities in a way that people can achieve success and happiness together. Lastly, Chapel Hill is full of challenges. When at UNC-CH, you must open yourself up to meeting new people and trying new things. You must step out of your comfort zone and experience parts of life that you have never explored before. Chapel Hill challenges you in ways you would not have thought possible as well as the obvious academic portion. More important to note though, it only challenges you as much as you need to be able to grow into the best version of yourself. It does not force you to do anything, but provides you with ways to grow, and it is your actions that dictate what you do. I could not ask for more in a college, UNC-CH provides me with everything I could hope for, and if you are driven, it will provide the same for you.