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The Student News Site of Macalester College

The Mac Weekly

Thereƒ?TMs no place like Mac

By Elias Tezapsidis

You’re a high school senior. Around May you get an exciting envelope from Macalester College saying congratulations. Unfortunately Harvard and Princeton have you waitlisted. You decide you’re going to give it a shot, how bad could it be, Kofi Anan is a graduate. In the beginning you’re stressed out, tortured by questions such as: is it actually as good as people say it is? What’s with the urban setting? And is it really as cold as most people say it is in the winter?
September has come, you’re all packed, warm coats included, and finally ready to start your quest for education and the real college experience. If you’re an international student you’re already on campus making friends during orientation. If you’re a domestic freshman you’re probably procrastinating, making new friends on Facebook, friends you might end up not liking.

Student orientation? Awkward? Maybe in other schools but not here; I mean where else would anybody introduce himself and give a porn star name after that? Of course, we also had to take our ID photos, another highlight, especially for those of us who had been traveling for a very, very long time and were suffering from jetlag. And then casino night, okay, it may sound trite, but let’s face it we had to meet the rest of the freshmen, and casino night helped. By the way did anybody actually win something?
I found the campus very impressive; turns out the brochures the admission office sends out aren’t fake! We were also given a tour of the campus, and I felt happy for helping one of my mentors get to see what the library actually looks like. Next thing you know he’s going inside!
The food! I can now completely comprehend why people gain weight; its not the stress, its not the work load, its how tasty everything is! And then you have a freshman 15 kind of person who ruins the magic of the chocolate chip cookies by sharing their anxiety about gaining weight.

And after you realized you really think Macalester is awesome, classes start! Ah, Mac was so much better without them, wasn’t it? Well, no! Ok, you might have to do tons of homework, study and work hard, but that’s why you’re here, and the classes you’re taking are probably classes you really love. After the adding/dropping classes procedure is over everything seems in order.

Suddenly, you remember that you haven’t signed up for any clubs. But you’re not that kind of person, are you? That’s how you tricked the admission officers to accept you, with your impressive extracurricular activities. So many choices, so many organizations! You can’t even pronounce the name of some of them! And what was the name of that other club? Republicans?
All of us share the same anxieties about what is going to happen this year. Let’s hope everybody meets their goals and reaches harmony as college students. And we’ll see if the winter is so bad.

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