Why Campbell?

By Justin Holmes | April 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why Campbell?

Playing golf at Keith Hills

As my freshman year of college comes to an end, I am able to reflect on how this year has changed my life. The best way for me to gauge my progress is to share why I chose Campbell in the first place. When I applied and was accepted to colleges, my high school counselor told me to grab a piece of paper and ask the question: Why this place? I wrote down that I chose Campbell for the “homey” atmosphere and the metaphorical hug I received when I visited all eight times. There is something about walking around campus that makes you foresee a successful future here. Whether it is your particular major, the sunset over D. Rich, or the friendly hellos you receive in every building you walk into, Campbell reminds you of home.

I did not apply to many schools back home in Maryland, so I wanted to make sure whichever school I chose did not make me miss home too much. I had to choose a school that would fit who I am and mold who I want to become. I wanted to attend a college where I could make a difference and be invested no matter what I am doing. Campbell provides you with all the necessary tools to achieve your goals, but it is your job to pick up these tools and start using them. Working for goals instills a sense of pride once you achieve them instead of expecting things to be given to you.

Although Campbell is located in a rural area, there are tons of things to do! Studying, clubs and organizations, intramural sports, and campus events will keep you busy. There is a golf course across the street and a bowling alley up the road. Being here also gives you the chance to appreciate nature, like watching the stars. In life, we take a lot of things for granted and never appreciate the little things. Being from the city, I have never genuinely had time to just admire the stars, but at Campbell you can.

If you really want to become awesome at something, there is no greater place than Campbell to do it because of the outstanding faculty and great students who will help propel you to the greatest success. That’s why I chose Campbell, and it was the best decision I have ever made!


Congratulations on another nicely written Blog! I love how you write ...and the fact that you have this forum in which to share your views…

I love that you share from your heart and how you refer to home in such a warm way. :-)

BUT I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how well we think you adjusted in your freshman year ... and with such specific PROUD ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

You lived exactly what you said in your blog, “Campbell provides you with all the necessary tools to achieve your goals, but it is your job to pick up these tools and start using them. Working for goals instills a sense of pride once you achieve them instead of expecting things to be given to you.” You should really share these specifics with your audience..


Working in Admissions - being a CAMPBELL AMDASSADOR; meeting so many new people; sharing your story!
PGAGM Experience!  -  Living the dream!
Your 1st PGAGM Internship! – Vineyard Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard!!
Phi Delta Fraternity - One of the First Founding Fathers! (as a Freshman!)
Learning how to manage your own time…being accountable…recognizing and recovering from mistakes.

We are so proud of you!  Congratulations on a successful Freshman year!  Remain steadfast in your goals!  “Don’t Stop Believn’!”

Love You,
Mom & Dad

By Pam Holmes on April 29, 2014 - 4:21pm

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Meet Justin Holmes

Justin Holmes


PGA Golf Management




Cheltenham, MD

My Story

At Campbell, I have found friends that were going through the same homesickness I was, and we worked together to fight it. Essentially, I found my second family and that's why I love it here. It's home away from home.

As a freshman, what I liked most about my first semester was learning about myself. College is a whole new experience, and it was essential that I found out the “dos” and “don’t’s” to create a positive learning experience for myself.  During my second semester, I am most looking forward to learning. I have never felt so positive about an academic year as I do right now in the current semester. 

My advice for incoming freshmen: Take your time. Think about your choices and make many visits, sometimes more than one to the same school. I visited Campbell seven to eight times before I made the decisions, and I most definitely do not regret it! If you are looking for a great education, while making great memories, with even greater people, then Campbell is for you.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the blogger on this page are their own. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Campbell University Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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