College Town 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008 | 11:37 a.m. CDT; updated 6:51 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 28, 2008
The women of Alpha Chi Omega hit the pavement outside their house during a walk-out practice.

Dear Student,

Congratulations. You've made it. You're about to be sucked into the vortex that is college life, and I'm guessing that you're probably ready for it.

Entering college certainly is an emotional time for many people. There's the anticipation, the nervousness, the thrill of being out on your own, and maybe even the fear that it will all be too much to handle. Going to college is a big change. Which is why here at the Missourian, we want to do our part in getting you started off on the right foot.

Whether you're looking for something to do on Friday night, or wondering how to do that pesky load of laundry, consider this special section your survival guide for getting through that college transition. Within these pages you'll find a little of everything - from information on studying abroad to scoring tickets for the big game - as well as advice from upperclassmen students who have "been there, done that."

But while we can help you find quality entertainment and quiet places to study, keep in mind that college is about more than good times and good grades - it's also about growth and discovery, and finding your own unique place in the world.

As you wind your way down the path of college life, remember that your experience here will be just as valuable as getting your diploma. Don't be afraid to try new things. Granted, there will be bumps in the road. You will get stressed out. You will rack up sleepless nights. You will feel insecure. And sometimes, things just won't go as well as you'd hoped.

But you'll also open your mind to new ideas. You'll make friendships that will last a lifetime. You'll learn to laugh at your insecurities. And most of all, you will succeed. You will discover your place in the world.

This is just the first step. And we're here to help.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Meyer

College Town coordinator


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