We’ve begun the second full week of school, and things are trucking right along. Freshmen are beginning to get the hang of things, may have had a couple of quizzes, or are drafting that first big paper. They’re real college students, now. How’s everything going?
I can tell you that some normal feelings for freshmen right now are homesickness, insecurity, curiosity, elation, and novelty. Everything is hard and different from the ways their lives have been so far; everything is also new and exciting and ineteresting and challenging. This make for a tumultuous mix. The only guage I have is the freshmen in my English class, who seem to be holding up pretty well. Have you dealt with any of these tumultuous emotions with your student? How do you help him/her adjust perspective and keep going until things settle down?
Today was the day of the Involvement Fair, which is always a huge happening on campus. All the groups and clubs and offices gather on the quad for freshmen to visit, investigate and sign up. Freshmen are infamous for over-extending themselves at the Involvement Fair. They leave yelling, “I just signed up for ten clubs, including underwater basketweaving and the club that shoots fishes in barrels.” Most students quickly learn which ones they want to commit to. But I thought you might like a glimpse of the excitement on campus today. Enjoy!
Jessica Hume, c/o 2005
Director of Writing and Parent Communications