Name: Rebecca Luna
Classification: Transfer sophomore
Hometown: Plano, Texas
MM: What originally inspired you to attend Creighton University before you transferred to the University of Dallas?
RL: I am from right around UD, and I almost came here. I had gotten in and was really close to attending UD, but I wanted to go on an adventure. I knew that if I didn’t leave when I was going to college, I would never leave the area, so I left and I went, and now I’m back and super excited.
I wanted to go to a Catholic school that focused on academics and their sports, because I loved going to those different games throughout all of high school, and that’s a big part of me, watching sports and being a part of that. I chose Creighton because of that and wanting a little bit bigger of a school for my college experience.
MM: And what made you decide to come back to Texas and attend UD?
RL: Around March, I started thinking about Creighton and things I felt were lacking and missing that all of my other friends seemed to love and be a big part of, and I didn’t find it at Creighton.
And so, I realized that it was time to change and go somewhere that wasn’t Nebraska, and come to Texas where I could really just be me again. I applied to almost every school in Texas, trying to find where I was going to go, and I got all of the acceptance letters and didn’t feel satisfied. UD was the very last one I got. I had already withdrawn from Creighton, and I didn’t know where I was going, didn’t know what was going to happen, but I knew that it was going to work out. I got the UD acceptance letter, and I started crying and knew that it was a fit for me.
MM: What were some of your first impressions of UD?
RL: I am living in a freshman dorm in a single room, which kind of freaked me out a little bit. Last year, I lived in an apartment off campus, and coming back and being in a freshman dorm [made me] nervous. Just feeling like I wasn’t going to make friends and everyone already knew their friends, and I was like this weird junior-turned-sophomore living in a freshman dorm, and I was freaked out by that.
Being here, I left my dorm open all through orientation, so I freaked out, like, “I’m not going to meet anyone, these are all freshmen, and a group of girls knocked on my door and said, “Hey, let’s go get ice cream,” and now they’re my best friends and I spend every moment with them. The friendship and community here is really inspiring, just because everyone says hi, even if you don’t know each other. Just having people be like, “Hi, I want to meet you. How are you doing?” It’s just really cool to have that intentional friendship.
MM: Do you feel that this experience has changed you?
RL: I have not been to any sports games yet here, but I realized that while that was a really important part of me choosing a school, it was the pull of going to more traditional things like games … I’m just really content with everything here and slowly getting involved with things and finding my home.
It took me a really long time to figure out who I wanted to be and what things I wanted to do, wanted to be a part of, wanted to be in. So my freshman year, I threw myself into everything, which is important, but it took me a long time to figure out the things that really matter to me: my faith, intentional friendships, and being somewhere that makes you happy and makes you feel the most you. And so, I’ve definitely had a change in what my ideas are to be happy. And I think that moving to UD, even though I was really nervous about it, helped me to be confident in myself and doing things that I want and that are important to me, [instead of] doing things that others enjoy that I did just to be a part of a community. And coming here and not being judged for the things I don’t want to do just because I didn’t agree with them is really new to me, and I love every minute of it.
Transferring is really hard, and it’s really hard to decide and be okay with, but just find your home, and if it’s not here, that’s okay. It’s okay to go where you feel most alive, and the most important thing is your happiness, no matter where you are or what it is. If you’re somewhere that makes you happy, and makes you feel you, then it’s the thing to do, and if not, move on. Go on to the next place, the next journey.