My journey here at Presbyterian College has been filled with ups and downs yet I feel like this pattern of great success and failures will be something we all face in our lives. My defensive coordinator in high school told me that I will never play tight end in college, which was a dream of mine since I was a child. This stuck with me because he was a coach that I really admired but this statement didn’t tarnish our relationship, it only fueled me to work harder. By the end of my senior year in high school, I was First-Team All-State, First-Team All Bi-City, Offensive Player of the Year at my school, and was selected to the Chattahoochee All-Valley Team. Not only did I receive these honors at the tight end position but I also earned a full athletic scholarship to play at Presbyterian College. Once you feel like you have made it, life has a way of bringing you back to reality.
Though I have accomplished so much in high school, the real work didn’t start until I arrived at PC in the summer of 2013. That is when I realized that whatever I do from here will have the biggest impact on my future. Playing division 1 football and earning a degree from PC has put me through a lot but I would not change this experience. I once had a professor tell me that I should change my major from Business Management during my sophomore year. I also faced injuries that almost kept me from playing in my senior year of football. Throughout my life people have told me what I can and cannot do. My circumstances seemed to always try to shape me but it motivates me to get myself back on the right track. My experience at PC has helped mold me into the man I am today and I will always be grateful for the opportunity this institution gave me.
Joseph Purter ’17