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Samford Stories: Chapter 1

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Watch Austin and McClain, two freshman Bloggers, guide you through a virtual tour of Samford's campus. Bow Wow Bulldogs, Bow Wow Bloggers!

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Meet Abigail Slone!

Hello! My name is Abigail Slone and I am from Columbus, Ohio. Looking back over my college decision process, I am so grateful that God led me to Samford and has surrounded me with such a loving, welcoming community. Even though I am nine hours away from home, I absolutely love my Samford family and I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything in the world. I am still in shock over how God has paved the way for me to end up here at Samford, and I feel so blessed to be going to a school that is passionate about Christ and has a strong focus on academics.

There is such a great sense of community on campus, and I am so fortunate to be a part of the Samford family. If you had asked me two years ago, however, Samford wouldn’t have even been on my radar. At that time, I was dead set on going to a particular Christian university in Texas. Well, God has a way of changing your plans when you’re totally not expecting it! In the March of my junior year, I had just finished performing at a ballet competition in Columbia, South Carolina, and we were going to go straight from there to Florida for a vacation. My dad told me that we should take a slight detour to visit Samford, which we had heard about several years ago from some alumni that we had met on vacation. After complaining quite a bit and assuring him that I would never go there, he pretty much forced me to go and at least look at it. I have to admit, I was not in the best mood when we arrived. And, it was raining - which always makes things worse! When we pulled through the gates and drove up the hill to the campus, I remember being in awe of how beautiful it was. Needless to say, about halfway through the tour, when we were walking through the quad in the middle of campus, I completely fell in love with Samford. I knew right then and there that this was home.

I have never been more thankful that my parents were right! About a month later, I got an invitation from the University Fellows Program at Samford to apply for the Great Ideas Summer Institute, which is a camp that they have in the summer for rising juniors and seniors who might be interested the Fellows program. I ended up attending GISI that summer and I absolutely loved it. The in-depth classroom discussions challenged me to think in a way that I had never experienced, and I soon came to love exploring the ideas presented by ancient authors. It also gave me a chance to experience living at Samford. In addition to the Fellows program, I was also thrilled to find out about all of the other campus organizations and ministries that Samford offers.

I can’t wait to see what is in store for freshman year, and I am so thrilled that you can share this journey with me!

In Christ,


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