Frosh Meets World
About The Frosh
It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally here! Watch out for Jordana Carson, freshman at Oklahoma State University – out to conquer the world, at least for the first few weeks of class anyway. Okay, I should be honest with you all. I’m scared to death because I don’t know what is going on or what I am supposed to be doing and when I’m supposed to have it all done by. At least in high school they spelled it all out for you so you knew what was going on. My teachers used to say that they wouldn’t be here to hold our hands and walk us through college too, but I sure wish they were right now. I guess you could say I’m the typical freshman…I don’t know where everything is, but I sure like to think I know what’s going on. Right now I think the ‘Weed is the coolest place there is, but I’ve already been told that by the time I’m an upperclassman I’ll only go there as a last resort for a good time. I’m not too worried about being in the right or wrong places just yet…I’m still trying to figure out my schedule and whether it’s okay to wear orange on Fridays (Thank you, O’Colly columnists for the confusion).
I think most freshmen will tell you they are glad to be away from high school hell, but I was one of those kids that actually liked school. I always got along well with most of my teachers and enjoyed school stuff like homework and Student Council. While there wasn’t always much to do in Noble, we did enjoy hanging out at Sonic after football games (okay go ahead and laugh, but in Ada, OK they actually chill out in the parking lot at Apple-Mart) and taking trips to Norman for Jamba Juice. When I wasn’t wasting time with friends, I was either practicing dressage and jumping with my horse or working on some project for a club. I went to all the football and basketball games, traveled with the wrestling team, played varsity volleyball and wore Noble Bears t-shirts on game days. I worked concession stands for Prom, hung posters for meetings, chaired committees for Honor Society, and held class office. School was my life, and in high school I had life all figured out. All I had to do was participate, and I instantly had all the friends and popularity one could ask for.
Suddenly, I’m graduated and the awful truth is that most of the kids at Noble High probably won’t remember me (save my sister), while here at O-State I do not have guaranteed friends just because I happen to be involved in a club. I am figuring out that I am going to have to work to survive in this place, but it is a challenge that I am looking forward to. I already have more of a heads-up than most froshies; I live in Zink Hall along with 70 other freshmen that are part of the Freshmen In Transition program (a.k.a. FIT, I’ll probably talk about this a lot), which helps us get on our feet, and I’ve made friends through PLC. Things are thankfully beginning to look up and seem more stable. I still miss my little hometown, friends, family, horses and especially my cat Janis, but that feeling is starting to wear away as this semester is starting to take off. I only hope the rest of my fellow freshmen are fairing as well.
All the Best,
originally posted on September 8, 2002