Excitement is in the air on college campuses around the country right now with everything from move-ins and welcome weeks to implementing new programs to classes starting. On my own campus, classes start in a week. The overall hum on campus has been building for the past couple weeks with various student groups returning to campus and my office being at full staff again. Personally, I’m very excited for the start of the new year so at I can get into the actual normal flow of my job. Yay! The start of the academic year has also gotten me thinking about the beginning of my own journey into higher education with my freshman year of undergrad being 10 years ago. I still can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I moved into Towers North hall at UW-Eau Claire. So, in the spirit of it being 10 years since freshman year, I thought I’d share 10 things that shaped that year for me.
- 9/11 happened during the second week of classes.
- I didn’t bring a computer with me…or cell phone…or a car. (I got a computer before the end of first semester and the cell phone & car came during sophomore year.)
- One room on my wing had a DVD player. One room!
- Freshman year was the last time I took a math class.
- I got to room with one of my best friends. Hey Megan, miss you!
- There were some awesome shows that were staples in our weekly routine, such as: Felicity, Gilmore Girls, and Dawson’s Creek.
- My intended career path at this point was human resources through a communication major. I also switched my emphasis in communication from Public Relations to Organizational Communication.
- I fell in love with UW-EC and it will always remain one of my favorite places.
- I survived the year by napping.
- I started my career in Student Affairs by landing my work study job in Career Services during one of the first weeks of classes.
I was also in marching band, which was a lot of fun. I marched in the color guard. 🙂