Editorial: The Daily Campus welcomes new freshmen
Published: Friday, August 23, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
Welcome to the University of Connecticut, incoming class of 2017. That year may seem quite a long way away. For some of you, when you look back at graduation, it will indeed feel long. For others, it will feel as though the time just flew by. Really, it’s up to you and the decisions you make.
Socially, this will be perhaps the only time in your life when you will be around thousands of other people your own age with minimal adult supervision. Take advantage of this unique situation. Many adulthood best friendships are formed during college. So are many marriages, although no pressure on that front. This is only your first weekend here, after all.
College courses are educationally quite different from high school classes, often with more focus on writing papers than on memorizing facts. Your professors will also certainly be smarter than your high school teachers. At a research university such as UConn, the professors are required to “publish or perish,” as the saying goes. They have usually written one or more books in their chosen field, as well as academic articles in scholarly journals. In other words, they know what they are talking about. That is no guarantee that they will have a lively speaking voice during lectures, however.
Get involved. There are hundreds of student organizations covering almost every conceivable subject. Sometimes there are multiple organizations on even one individual topic: four improvisational comedy troupes, for example, and even more a capella singing groups. Your randomly assigned roommate or the people who happen to live in your hall may be like you, but not necessarily. Yet, you can be virtually assured that those who deliberately seek out extra-curricular activities similar to you will become good friends.
This final piece of advice may seem self-serving on our part, but here goes regardless: read The Daily Campus. The publication can be found free of charge at every dining hall, almost every dormitory building, and frequently visited locations around campus such as the Student Union and the Homer Babbidge Library. This publication can be a valuable resource to find out everything from dining hall menus to sports teams scores and schedules, upcoming events around campus to what your elected Undergraduate Student Government is up to. With a copy of The Daily Campus in hand and an attitude of making the most of life, these next four years can potentially be the best of your life. But again, it’s up to you.