Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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'arau6'aG -'ID UMW , . l rl """x I 'g -val" lf lv f f Away from home After the car was unpacked and the family rad long since departed, students, both old and iew, realized they were on their own to face the 'real world." "I knew it was impossible to go home," said Belinda D'Costa, sophomore from England, "so I accepted it. Your friends become your family. My friends pulled me through." Beverly Kasten, senior from Mosinee, Wis., :ransferred to ACU her junior year. "lt's harder :o make friends because by the time you're a junior, you have made most of your friends. You have to put out more effort to meet people." Returning home for the first time called for adjustments. "It seems like you're a visitor in the house you grew up in," said Lance Friis, junior from Concord, Calif. Friendships also changed. Kasten said, "I had some trouble relating to some of my friends back home. Either they hadn't gone to college or they were attending a state university while I was attending a Christian school." For many students those first experiences were humorous. They discovered freedom wasn't all it was cracked up to be. But most sur- vived and moved into the "real world" with ease. "Youth is the time to look for opportunity," said Mark Rokey, senior from Sabeth, Kan. And most ACU students did just that. -- Tammy Dahlof ,. . .. R. Goodman Sorting out the future The first peek at that 8-by-10 sheet known as a degree plan and filled with numbers, abbrevia- tions and the huge list of courses "To Do" can send an inexperienced student rushing to the vending machine for some chocolate to steady his nerves. A closer examination can result in severe feelings of inadequacy. Degree plans are designed to help a student plan his schedule for four years by listing re- quirements for his major plus necessary general education courses. Ken Rasco, registrar, sends an updated degree plan to all students who have a major and have at least sophomore classifica- tion. The plan lists which courses have been completed, which ones still need to be taken and - for the lucky student - how many hours of electives remain. A student can learn much from his degree plan - if he can read it. However, only a phar- macist or someone with a hieroglyphics degree could decipher most degree plans. One woman received a degree plan instruc- ting her to take English 1350 Ph. Lit. After a frantic search in the catalog for this non- existent class and much speculation about what the "Ph. Lit." might stand for, she called the registrar's office to see what the cryptic message meant. After some investigation, Rasco told her that the requirement was a misunderstanding. He had written +3 Soph. Lit. on her plan to show she needed to take three more hours of sophomore literature. But the typist translated Rasco's message as 1350 Ph. Lit. This problem is understandable when one considers the amount of numbers on the average degree plan: several hundred classes are listed, each identified by four numbers. And all the important information is written in numbers - the number of completed elementary hours, the number of completed advanced hours, the number of elementary hours to do, the number of advanced hours to do - even the date is given numerically. Besides those numbers, Rasco always adds a note at the bottom of the sheet which reads something like, "Hours Yet to Do: 128-104 equals 24 fof which, fbutj 11 are required Q3 elem., 8 adv.l, + 13 electives." Then the next line continues, "24-12 in fall equals 12 to do in spring. Comm. 3350 + Z hrs. adv. elect. + 7 hrs. other elect." Students need a degree in math just to get a degree. But the handwritten degree plan is a vanishing breed. Already Rasco is typing many of them, and he said that soon the on-line com- puters should give advisers from each depart- ment access to a students file. Thus the adviser will be able to tell the student what he needs to take without written degree plans. What a reliefl Everybody knows how much simpler processes become on a computerized system. -- Tammy Fielder Yau 1 iss

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