A word from the editor
By Andrea Campbell
During the first few weeks of my freshman year, I was terrified. I had moved to West Lafayette straight from the farm and had never seen so many people in my life. More people lived in one side of my dorm than in my whole town. The lecture hall in the Class of 1950 building held more people than my whole county. I was certain I was going to go to the wrong class, get lost on campus and that my teachers wouldn't like me.
Here I am four years later, still in college. I haven't gotten lost, my teachers like me and I have only gone to the wrong class a few times. Of course, it was embarrassing, but I lived through it. In the past four years, I have learned more about myself, society and the people around me than I ever would have imagined. Let me give you some advice that may help at college.
- College is not easy. Be prepared to work hard and conform to a demanding class schedule.
- Home will take on a whole new meaning. Your family becomes a new resource of comfort and support.
- Your parents deserve more credit than you give them. They have been in your shoes before, and they really do understand the things that you will go through.
- Get involved with the clubs on campus. Purdue has everything from the knitting club to the tractor-pulling club; there is something for everyone.
- There will be good day and bad days. Some days you will love college and never want it to end, and other days you will be discouraged and want to quit. Don't give up. Have faith in yourself. The years go by fast, and you will be a senior before you even realize it.
You may not think these lessons will apply to you, but in time they will. College can be a great experience, and it's up to ou to make the best of it.