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chronicles of the frosh

Many, many moons ago, I belonged to a unique group of people – together we were The YOU Network, a.k.a. YOUNet. YOUNet was many things. An online portal. A sounding board for OSU students. Links to every sort of information the students could need. It was news. Unique content. Entertainment. It was magic. And yes, blogs.

Before there was Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, and all those other social networking sites for all people everywhere, there was one just for Oklahoma State University. Unfortunately, we were officially disbanded in 2004 after the university’s IT department acquisitioned our servers and refused to pay our employees. Bastards.

But I’m not here to moan on about what could’ve been. I am posting some of the original blog I wrote for YOUNet here for old time’s sake.  The blog was called Frosh Meets World, and it was started in August of 2002, the first semester I went to college. I have re-posted it for nostalgic reasons, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

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03 2008

about the frosh

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,
Jordana

originally posted on September 8, 2002

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03 2008

tale of two cities

Frosh Meets World
Tale of Two Cities

Yesterday I mentioned some about my quaint little hometown, Noble, Oklahoma. It’s not a terribly big place, although we do have lots of neat things like a set of stoplights to make other towns like Sentinel, Oklahoma a bit jealous. We have a little grocery store, an Ace Hardware, two separate dollar stores and a pharmacy. We even have a few claims-to-fame; Besides having the renowned Thunder Valley Race Track and Kendall’s Restaurant, we just so happen to be the Rose Rock Capital of the World, which we celebrate by crowning a Rose Rock Queen and hosting a soccer tournament complete with parade and carnival. That’s about all you’ll see if you take a drive down Main Street because everything else is “out in the boon-docks”, including my house.

Most of the time I like to joke about the distance from my house to the nearest Walmart, but truthfully I wouldn’t trade it for the world. In the country it doesn’t matter what you wear to go outside and do chores, because no one sees you anyway. If you decide to play paintball with neon paint, it’s okay because you don’t have to worry about hitting your neighbor’s house, and there are plenty of trees to hide behind. Kids can play in the street because no one drives down them, and you can shoot fireworks off anytime of the year. Rover has room to run, you can play loud music and there’s more parking space. Country life is nice.

And then I moved here. I’m not saying Stillwater is big-city or anything ridiculous like that, but the other day my friend Evan and I rode our bikes to the Walmart Super-Center from the dorm in about 10 minutes. A trip like that back home would’ve taken two days! And here there are sidewalks all over the place…we didn’t even get our high school parking lot paved until my Junior year! It has taken a lot of adjusting to get used to life in town, but I think I’m making the transition well. I’m not complaining about all the construction going on at 6:00 am RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW, and I’ve only been hit by a crazed biker once. Heck, I’ve even learned how to cross the street (I thought the loud noise emitted by the ‘walk’ signal was just a very shrill bird). Just a side-note: Is it true that if you are hit by a car while in the crosswalk you will get your college paid for?

I’m actually beginning to like living in close proximity to everything else. It doesn’t take all day to do errands in town, and most of the time I can ride my bike everywhere (country kids don’t get to ride bikes very often; we spend more time on four-wheelers). Theta Pond is a lot prettier than the couple of ponds in our pastures, although the cleanliness of the water could be debated. I could do without people jumping up and down on the floor above me while I’m completing homework, but then again if I were back home my sisters would probably be doing the same.

All the Best,
Jordana

originally posted September 9, 2002

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