Correction: The graphic initially posted listed incorrect student to faculty ratios for the 1994-1995, 2004-2005 and 2014-2015 school years.
Janat Bashir, a wannabe-Annapolitan from Severn, Maryland, is Copy Chief of Elon News Network. She is a Strategic Communications and French double major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. When not crying over puppies in onesies, she will likely be somewhere justifying to herself that she can have Chick-Fil-A for the third day in a row because she walked all the way to class.
Move-in weekend is a blur of packing too many boxes in cars that seem too small and hoping it all makes it into a dorm room in one piece. Between move-in traffic and hordes of families in residence halls, freshman find themselves falling abruptly into this new part of their lives, rather than entering it gracefully. Instead of getting lost in the impending chaos that is move-in weekend, freshman football players enjoyed moving into their summer residences with their fellow teammates on June 12 for the football “bridge” program. The early move offers many advantages to the new additions, easing their college transition and acclimation to campus life.
I know what you’re thinking. If, after four months in a beautiful and foreign continent, these are my overarching sentiments, then I clearly did the whole study-abroad thing wrong or I didn’t try hard enough. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t having “the best time of my life” during an experience many college kids would describe as “the best times of their lives.” I experienced a lot of mental anguish simply over the fact that I wasn’t enjoying myself the way I hoped I would or the way I saw others enjoying themselves.