Jamie Benfiled | June 17, 2013
Ahhh the sounds of June: Pool parties with music blasting and children giggling, the smack between leather and wood at the nearest baseball game, chatter amongst patrons a the long lines at Rita’s, and the greetings between new friends at La Salle Day One.
What exactly is Day One?
Day One is scary, nerve-racking, stressful, fun, exciting, and a chance to meet new classmates. Day One is not one or the other; it is both ends of the spectrum, a crazy mix of giddiness and nerves.
Not only is Day One a rollercoaster of emotions, but a mix of questions—What if I don’t fit in? What if I get lost? What if the other kids are more talkative, or smarter than me? What if there’s something wrong with my schedule?—and that one goal that is on everybody’s mind…’I have to make a friend.’
With this festival of emotions and questions and the added stress of accomplishing a serious objective, Day One can easily be blown out of proportion. Day One is meant to be fun. Day One is your chance as a freshman to meet some new classmates, and become oriented to the place you will be spending most of your time over the course of the next four or so years.
Day one is just that—Day ONE. It’s the first day of your college career.
You may feel the need to make friends, have the perfect schedule and feel comfortable at La Salle right away, but these things wont happen in one day. There may be one or a few other students you remain in contact with, and you may have registered for a few great classes, and maybe you memorize the name of each building in the quad, but none of these things are expected of you as a new student.
Don’t worry—you will make friends, and you will have classes you love, and you will remember the name of each building…but not right away. You have a whole college career, a new chapter, to make friends—good friends—and have classes you like and classes you don’t like, and Day One is there to introduce you to the beginning of this new chapter.
So don’t stress or worry or get so nervous you forget your name, just relax and enjoy yourself at Day One.
Remember that it’s only Day One—the start of a new chapter.