UPDATE: I’d like to thank everyone who submitted a story. They were thoughtful, emotional and well-written—I enjoyed reading them all. Congratulations to Terry who was randomly selected from all eligible entries. Thanks again to all who participated!
As students head back to school, I recalled my own college orientation over a decade ago. That first day can be an emotional brew, from the excitement of newfound freedoms and opportunity to the anxiety of sharing a classroom (and often a dorm room) with strangers.
Sometimes it was hard to start that first conversation with someone new. But looking back on the friendships I made, they all grew from finding a common interest and sharing stories that revealed something about ourselves.
Share your favorite autograph-related story in the Comments section for a chance to win a copy of Hothead signed by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. The contest closes on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET.
I will randomly choose a winner (each story will be assigned a number and I will use an online generator) and post the result on this page. One comment per person and please use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.
Have fun and good luck!