I'm Leaving Home

Author: Hunter Kuffel

I'm Leaving Home

By Everett Golson

As told to Hunter Kuffel

The four-time lecture attendee explains why he is joining the Seminoles.


Before anyone ever cared where I would not do my homework, I was a kid from Northeast South Carolina. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s not where I didn’t do my accounting homework. Despite all this, Northern Florida is really where my heart lies, I guess.

I know I have to follow my heart, but it isn’t easy. It means leaving something I’ve spent a long time creating. Well, something I’ve spent time creating. Ok, something that people have created around me kind of with my help sometimes. You know what I mean.

I’m doing this essay so that I can explain myself uninterrupted, and just so you’re convinced it’s me writing, the essay will be written in true Golson fashion: really strong at the beginning and basically irrelevant by the end.

I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. I will promise that I’ll be laser focused. No distractions (class), obstacles (class) or handicaps (maintaining even a facade of competence) will get in my way.

Man this essay stuff is really hard. I’ll be honest, I ran out of ideas after paragraph two. Are you supposed to put a “Dear so-and-so” at the top like in a letter? My coach said to have a clear thesis, but then how would you see it on the page? I think I’ll just wrap it up. Grey’s Anatomy is starting.

In Northeast Indiana, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m not ready to accept the challenge. I’m leaving home.