Monthly Archives: January 2020

Why am I here?

Hello fellow Homosapien, you have found yourself reading my autobiography. Why are you here?Well, most likely, you are in Joe’s class, but if you are not CONGRATULATIONS! You have achieved a state of being able to do absolutely nothing with your life. Well, now that you have been humbled, I can now dive into the dark secrets of my life. Just kidding, we don’t have time for that, but let us begin.
Once upon a time in the realm of Libertyville, Illinois, a woman was giving birth. On December 16, 2001, Julian Hazen was born. That is the start of my life as you can tell there was nothing stated about a father in this story, and just like him, the explanation will be unfound. I was a fun, energetic child, yet I had some trouble paying attention in school. Which my mom, the former marine for 11 years, sorted out reasonably quickly. Growing up, the son of a nutritionist was not a sad life as I would say it was more of a green life were most kids had cool name-brand cereal I was eating raisin brand like I was 80 years old.
The middle of my life was a lot, and I mean a lot of me figuring out who I was. The kids at my school told me who I was, and I wanted to find out what was the more profound meaning of “You’re annoying.” So I did; basically, I found out I talked too much, which growing up, a lot of people use to say it was a disadvantage, which my mom then told me she was the same way. Of course, since she was explaining that we both talk too much, she was going on and on, but she did encourage me to use it to my strength.
Now that takes us here; I am a Mass Communications major and collegiate track star writing an autobiography about my life. Throughout life, there will be times where you ask your self, “Why am I here?” and “How did I get here? “. And in college, this is the perfect time to find that out. I am here cause I want to change the world. So now I ask you, why are you here?

Kendarian Lane: The Comeback Kid

My life has consisted of triumph and tragedy surrounded by the aspect of being a student-athlete for as long as I could remember. I was born on February 7, 2001 I grew up in a significantly small town called Dearing in Georgia, which is 10 minutes away from my hometown Thomson, Georgia. I call Thomson my hometown because people never know where Dearing is, but then again nobody knows Thomson so I just say near Augusta.

My parents have been together for the majority of my 18 years of living which is such a blessing because lots of don’t get the experience of having both parents in their lives, let alone together. I grew up in Church thanks to my mom, and had learned for myself that Jesus truly is Lord. Without him there is no me. My dad is basically my twin because we look and think alike, but he taught me how to be a man. I am the youngest of 6 with four brothers and one sister. When you’re the last child it’s kind of boring, but you learn to love your own space.

I believe I came out the womb with a love and passion for sports that cannot be broken by any means. Playing sports is in my DNA and started with flag football in 2nd Grade at Dearing Elementary. I played for my local YMCA travel league for 2 years and was the league MVP for both years. I played youth basketball for about 3 years and became an all-star once learning the fundamentals. I then played a year of AAU (travel basketball). Then in middle school I was forced to take a 2 year hiatus from all sports because of my grades and behavior. This was a big step for me transitioning from the country to the city because a different school brought new teachers and kids. I became wild from being overwhelmed and didn’t get my act fully together until my 8th grade year.

This is when my track career started and kept me out of a lot of trouble. From then on I knew this is wanted to do for years to come. In the later spring I trained to try out for the 9th grade football team. I had previously been scared of playing football because of watching my older brothers, but I knew it was my time. Right before the season opener I got hurt and had to have surgery and was out for half the season. Basically, 9th grade season was trash; we went 1-7 but the varsity won the region and went deep in the playoffs. In Track my high school coach saw a world of potential through my work ethic but I hardly ran at meets because I was a freshman.

Sophomore year was much better as I started on JV football and played some varsity as a corner. This was a dream year for football as we were having a miracle undefeated season and made it to the state championship, but got manhandled by Cartersville. In track I became a great asset to the team as a sprinter and made it to the sectional.

Junior year I was anxious of being recruited and offers began to roll in. I decided to play another season of JV football and heavily played on varsity. We lost the region to our rivals Burke and fell to Blessed Trinity in the playoffs. In Track this would be the peak of my high school career as I broke personal records and my 4×1 relay team broke the school record which would have won us the region but we were ultimately screwed by our rival coaches cheating. As an individual I managed to make it to the state qualifiers in the 100m.

Senior year was to say the least a heartbreaker. Besides having some of the hardest classes, my senior season was screwed in football as I was battling injuries, we had a brand new coaching staff that didn’t care about us seniors, these injuries transferred to track which led to a torn hamstring. I thought my career was over, this was one of the most difficult moments of my life. God made a way and opened doors I had never seen before bringing more and more offers from smaller schools and here I am today competing at the collegiate level in track at Piedmont College. I plan to continue my college career and get my bachelors degree in sports communication. Never lose faith.

Alyssa Hall: About Myself (obviously)

Hi, my name is Alyssa Hall. My life started out when I born on December 20, 2000 to my parents in Tampa, Florida. On that day I became their second child, joining my older brother and we have been best friends ever since. Today my brother, Trey, is 21 years old and everything I possibly could have hoped for in a sibling, even though sometimes we want to kill each other.

My parents have always made sure we lived an active lifestyle and participate in all things outdoors. Living on the West coast of Florida my whole life I had no choice but to love anything involving the ocean. As a family we spend most weekends on the boat fishing, spearfishing, and anything else you possibly name. From age 2 to 12 I played soccer, but quit because I finally wanted to play a different sport than my brother. This is when I was introduced to volleyball, due to myself being vertically inclined.

My volleyball career really took off in high school at Nature Coast Technical where I played for 4 years. In addition to high school volleyball, I also played club ball at one of the largest clubs, OTVA. There I had many coaches who shaped me into the player I am today and led my decision to continue playing at Piedmont College. I visited and later committed to play here in the last semester of my senior year. Fast forward to now, I have met some of my best friends and could not imagine them not being in my life.

As for my future, I plan to transfer most likely after 2 years at Piedmont and continue getting a degree in Mass Communications at the University of Florida or University of South Florida. I am very excited to see where my life leads me and what I end up doing with my degree.

Evan LaPorta: My life so far

My name is Evan LaPorta. I am 20 years of age and I was born on June 24, 1999 in Fort Myers Florida. I have an older bother named Trey that is 24 years old.

When I was 5 years old my family moved to Sarasota, FL where I would live for a majority of my life. In middle school I attend St. Martha’s Catholic School. That was a pretty boring part of my life but one thing that I did get out of that time in my life was Lacrosse, I played Lacrosse for the better part of 10 years. For high school I attend Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School where I played Lacrosse for 4 years and then decided that part of my life was over.

For my first two years college I attend Florida Southwestern State College where I end up getting my Associates in Arts and now Im here at Piedmont majoring in Mass Communication.

I am Noah.

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I am Noah Aaron and I am a sophomore here at Piedmont College. I just recently declared as a Mass Communications major. I am also a writing tutor in the student success center on campus, and I play baseball.

I attended Northgate High School where I was successful both in the classroom and on the field. I have a mom, a dad, and two sisters. I have lived a very normal life up to this point with not much to complain about.

I enjoy finding the value in everything around me. I believe that many people limit themselves when it comes to enjoying life. People choose to only watch one genre of movie or only enjoy a few different styles of music, without ever branching out and seeing what else the world has to offer. I like to venture outside of what most people would consider normal tastes for a person like me. I can sit down and watch a Falcons game just as easily as I can sit down and watch Les Miserables. I can appreciate the talent and hard work it takes to orchestrate both a touchdown and a musical number.

I took this class because I enjoy writing and expressing my ideas and opinions. I enjoy reporting and giving my point of view of certain event, and I also enjoy hearing what others have to say. I am very excited to learn as much as I can.

Story of My Life (Yes, I’m Referencing One Direction)

It all started when my mom met my dad. They fell in love and they had me. Hi, my name’s Emma Marti, and my life? It’s kind of crazy.

Me with a puppy (Cacahuate) in Ecuador

Now, my life isn’t all that crazy. I just spend more time than I’d like to admit watching TikToks and had to take the opportunity to make that reference. Like I mentioned, my name is Emma. I was born on September 25, 2000, I’m nineteen years old, an only child and I’ve lived in Georgia for my whole life (not necessarily by choice).

I love traveling! Some of my favorite places I’ve visited include the Lake District in northwest England, Edinburgh, Scotland, San Francisco and Patate, Ecuador. All of those trips I took with my high school, Greater Atlanta Christian School. I started attending GACS in second grade and graduated from there, despite moving to Flowery Branch at the beginning of junior year and having to drive for forty minutes (give or take) every day.

I decided that I was coming to Piedmont in April of 2019, pretty much the end of my senior year. I decided to come here because it’s close to home and I love the vibes of the campus. Plus, there are a bunch of opportunities for things I never thought I would have the chance to do!

I’m (currently) majoring in psychology, with hopes of either becoming a counselor or doing something relating to the government? I’m not too sure, but being a criminal profiler seems like a pretty cool job. I’m not a big sports type of gal, so I get involved with other types of organizations. I’m a member of the GB hall council, a member of ZTA, a staff writer for the Roar and a basketball cheerleader (despite popular belief).

Just because I mentioned One Direction in the title, I feel as though I should say that yes, I still love One Direction and no, I do not want them to get back together. They’re doing so much better releasing solo music, but I would still go to the reunion tour if they decide to do one.

I’m not really sure what else to say about me, so I’m just going to end it there. stream harry styles’ album fine line

Kaylie Barrett

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I am Kaylie Barrett, a freshman here at Piedmont. I am a Nursing major and plan to work as an OR Nurse once I graduate. I am also a student athlete and compete on the track team here. 

My family is my greatest possession. I am the oldest of only two kids. My brother, Cooper, is 15 and a sophomore in high school. My parents re my biggest supporters in everything that I do. Whether it’s competing in sports or even doing good on a test, they are always encouraging and fill me with positivity.

I attended Chestatee High School where I found my best friends. In the duration of the four years, I spent every summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas break out on the basketball court. After my second year, I had finally realized that it wasn’t the sport that I loved, it was the people I shared it with. I hated practice. But boy did I love dancing and singing at the top of my lungs in the locker room before and after practice. The girls had become my family, literally. I was spending more time with them on the court than I was spending with my parents and brother. When I played my last game, I was overwhelmed with gratefulness that I had the opportunity to meet my life long best friends.

Growing up, I always had the most wild occupation aspirations. I wanted to be a fashion designer, and plastic surgeon, a movie star assistant. Every eight year old girls dream. Once I got to high school everything changed a bit and I knew that I needed to legitimately focus on my future plans. I took a series of Healthcare classes before deciding this was truly what I was interested in. My senior year I was involved in a program called Work Based Learning that provided me with an internship at a local clinic.While working, I was able to do nursing tasks daily. By the end of the year, I was able to sit in on surgeries and that was when I fully decided that OR Nursing is where I wanted to be. 

Nicholas Klein, but call me Andrew

Just as the title indicates my name is Nicholas Klein. All I have ever been addressed or called by is Andrew since birth. My friends and family call me “Andy”. I was born in Gwinnett County and grew up just down the road in Barrow county. I have lived there my whole life, so Piedmont is a very new experience and scenery for me. I have already grown to love so many things on campus already including baseball, new friends, and the list could go on and on.

One of the most important things to me as to most people is my family. I have a little bit of a bigger family than most people, but I think of it as a blessing because who doesn’t love two Christmases. In all seriousness, I love everyone in my family, no matter how big of a family it is or how annoying we all get with each other. I have a biological brother named PJ, who I have done everything with and looked up to my whole life. He is four years older than me and has shown me the right way to do things in life through hard work, his faith, and how caring he is. I have three step-siblings Amanda, Blake, and Drew and we are all just as close as real siblings. My step-parents have had a huge impact on my life and they have both been in my life for as long as I can remember. Their families have taken me and my brother in as their own and have treated us no different than their actual family. I would never trade the relationships and all the family members I have for the world. Even though nothing will be more important to me than my family and faith, sports have had the next biggest impact on my life.

Ever since I was four years old baseball has been my passion and my love, but just like in the game of baseball when everything seems to be great the game finds a way to humble you. You can be the best baseball player in the world and you will never be bigger than the game. I have played a lot of sports in my life, but baseball was that one when it came down to focusing and putting in the hard work to excel, it is the one that meant the most to me. I played football and basketball growing up as well, and as a child, I enjoyed those much more than baseball, but since my older brother always loved the game it rubbed off on me too, trying to be just like him. I quit football in middle school but played my senior year and I still regret not playing all four years of high school. Basketball was a different story, playing up to the middle of my junior year, but quitting because of the disconnection the coach and I had. Sports, in general, are how I’ve learned to deal and learn lessons through my life and I will always be so grateful for the opportunity and health that I’ve always had to play what I have loved all these years. I was a knight all my life, (my high school’s mascot) but there is no place I would rather be than Piedmont as a Lion! That is who Andrew Klein is.

“What Is Indiana?”: Matthew Alter

Hi, my name is Matthew Alter and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am an only child, but have a really big family, that I am extremely close with. I am a freshman here at Piedmont, and also play baseball. While my family has gone to several different places and gone through their own situations and scenarios to begin writing their futures, it is now time for me to start writing my own story, which begins in Demorest, Georgia.

Our family has had a lot of success in athletics and has produced a number college athletes. My dad, played baseball at Stetson University, my uncle played football at Butler University, my grandpa played football at Purdue University, my cousin played baseball at the University of Dayton, and lastly my other cousin runs track and cross country at Butler University.

Since the day I arrived on campus and to this day, one of the most common questions that I have been asked when meeting new people, teammates and even teachers, is “Indiana? Why are you here?” Or occasionally the sarcastic, “Indiana? Who is that?” every once in awhile. At the start of the fall semester I was nice about it and gave the subtle “Haha,” to avoid an awkward situation, but now when a new person asks me a question about Indiana, I try to get a laugh by saying, “Yeah, believe it or not it doesn’t snow all 12 months of the year,” or “Yes I am from the Hoosier State, and yes we do actually have WIFI.” I know sometimes I get annoyed, but then I have to remember that some aspects of life are completely different down here.

The transition from leaving my home in Indiana and moving 8 hours away to North Georgia has definitely been difficult, and for sure made me grow up and mature very quickly. I initially chose Piedmont, because I have always dreamed of playing baseball in the south where you can be outside pretty much all year long, and where competition is top notch. Another reason for choosing Piedmont, was that my cousin was and assistant baseball coach here, but my plans were quickly devastated when he told me the news on how he will be leaving Demorest to move and coach baseball at Clemson University. Even with how big of a disappointment that was, with the combination of feeling sorry for myself for being by myself in the middle of nowhere pretty much, I look back and realize that if those things didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be where I am as a person now.

Now that I have been resident in Georgia for 5 months now, I have found out a number of different things, but the ones that in a way proved me wrong, is that not everyone talks like a hillbilly, or has a redneck, and especially that not every meal is fried chicken with collard greens.

Me, Myself, and I

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Today, you are about to embark on a wild journey; the life of Rowan Edmonds.

I was born in Atlanta, Ga, where I lived for two years before moving to Athens. I was a pretty horrible infant, already causing trouble before I could even walk. I was always injuring myself and getting into trouble with the daycare center for biting other children. The terrible behavior finally stopped when we moved to Athens, and something crazy happened; my sister was born. Brayden and I are the two most different people on this planet; however, she and I are incredibly close and are together always when I’m home. We share the same love for practical jokes, rock music from the 70s, and horses.

The first time I ever rode a horse was when I was 4. My aunt took me to the fair where they had pony rides. After a lot of begging, she helped me convince the man behind the counter that I was six years old, and I finally rode my first horse. After that, I was hooked. I started riding in a program about two weeks after that, but only seriously got into it when I was 8. In the 18 years that I have been riding, I had completed over 100 times, had countless 4 am wakeup calls for before school lessons, had some pretty bad falls that resulted in some significant injuries, and won 3 national championships. Back in high school, my sister and I would both take lessons together before and after school, which only added to our closeness. We wanted the best for each other when competing, but if we were in the same division, there was always a little bit of healthy competition. To this day, horses have been a massive part of my life, but it was never the only thing that I did.

I ran cross country throughout middle school and high school and was planning on running in college until my leg injuries. During a race, I tore my Achilles, and instead of stopping, I finished the race with a mile and a half left. After that, my team gave me the nickname “Viking Girl” because I refused to give up. I was taking the proper time and care to nurse my leg back to health and was finally starting to run again when I tore my meniscus in my other leg. Skiing has always been one of my favorite activities, and I was a natural at it. That was until one fateful day when I slightly slipped getting off the ski lift and boom – running career over. Thankfully I was able to continue riding horses, and I would have gone crazy without that in my life.

When I was younger, my dad would always tell me that the best years of his life were during college, and even though I’ve only been at Piedmont for one semester, I can wholeheartedly agree with him. I’m excited about where my journey at Piedmont will take me.