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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
"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
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
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
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
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