Everybody at my college is still pretty much straight.

I didn't get my curls until I was 13. Then I straightened them until senior year when I got sick and tired of dealing with my extremely thick wavy hair which often wouldn't cooperate with what I was doing. Getting my hair cut short, layered and learning how to use a diffuser really made the difference. I have only straightened my hair once since. I won't do it again.
3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves