By Brooke Jansen ’18
There’s a lot to learn your first semester of college. Here’s a list of things you’ll pick up quickly:
- It’s not that deep. There are only two acceptable times to go into the pond: the Lemming Race and your birthday. Otherwise, you know it’s best to avoid the water.
- The line is totally worth it. This is the one day you go straight for the dessert table. No words describe the wonderful taste of a freshly baked cookie on Tuesdays.
- Yeah, it’s cool again. Remember that Razor scooter you had when you were eight? It’s officially acceptable to ride it again.
- They’re not pests. You’re never quite sure what they’re doing, but those squirrels make every walk around campus a little more entertaining. Just don’t look them in the eye.
- Where they go, we go. Nothing says Dutch pride like the candy-cane pants of the Dutch Brigade. You know you’re at a sporting event when you see them, with President Putnam right in the middle.
- We’re all pulling a late night. You know the real Breakfast of Champions occurs at 10 p.m. the night before finals and is served by your favorite professors.
- We can do it. You know right away that classes will not be easy, but your new friends will help you get through. With our tight-knit community, you’ll share classes with friendly, familiar faces.
- It’s the little things. After your first service-learning experience, 15 hours suddenly doesn’t feel like enough. You connect with amazing partners in Iowa, and you can put your passion to work for a good cause.
- It’s on the syllabus. Your professors will impress you with their expertise, but they are personable, too—you may even find yourself going to office hours just to chat.
- This is home. After spending a weekend away, you find yourself thinking, “I’m ready to go home” and can’t wait to see your Central family again.