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What the University of Mobile Has Given Me

Sydney Snow News, Student Life

The University of Mobile has given me things that I have only ever dreamed of having. UM has given me relationships that will last a lifetime, the career path that I did not know I wanted, and a reason to step out of my bubble.

Being at UM has provided me with some of my best friends and others that will continue with me throughout my life. I have made friends from the next county over, across the country, and even around the world. They are not any ordinary type of friends; they are like family. They push me to be my best self, grow in every aspect of life, and love me for the person that I am. I know the relationships I have built here will last a lifetime — no matter the distance.

When I first came to the University of Mobile, I was convinced I wanted to be an English teacher. I love to write and learn about grammar, so that seemed like an obvious career path to me. After my first semester, I realized that was not the path for me. The faculty at the university opened my eyes to careers I did not know existed. Thanks to my advisor, I found out that communications was the career path I really wanted to take.

I was also given a reason to step out of my shy bubble when I came to UM. I was always very shy and did not feel as if I belonged with any group. After arriving at the University of Mobile, I was put into an environment that was different for me. I grew up in a small town where you knew everyone. Being put into an area of completely different and new people really encouraged me to put myself out there. As a result, I found myself becoming more confident in myself and in my relationships with others.

Thank you, University of Mobile, for giving me a second family and a passion I did not know I had.

About the Author

Sydney Snow

Sydney Snow is a University of Mobile 2022 graduate with a double major in English and Strategic Communications and a minor in Spanish. During her senior year, Sydney interned with UM’s Office for Marketing and Public Relations. Today, she works at the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission with the Employment and Economic Development Services department. Her focus is on the Senior Community Service Employment Program.