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The only way to reach the top of a mountain is to start at the
bottom and work your way slowly upward. Similarly, the way to
the top of a business is to start at an entry-level position and
climb through the ranks. And much to the dismay of many
students, the only way to become a graduate is to start at the
bottom of the heap as a "fish"
Beginning the trek to the top of the academic ladder is a try-
ing task for most freshmen. Making that transition from being
the top dog in high school to nothing more than a nobody is
pretty hard to swallow - especially if you were the captain of
the football team, student body president or class favorite.
It's difficult going from being a good man on the football
team to having to prove yourself to guys who are just as good
- or better - than you are, said Keith Myer, freshman from
'C' Mayes, Glenn
Tawn Dulin, freshman from Lubbock, came to ACU
from a small high school where she was a cheerleader, a
member of the band and the basketball and track teams.
She came from a school "where everyone knew
everybody," she said.
"Sometimes I feel like I don't belong here," Tawn said.
But through activities like Freshman Follies and Sing
Song she has met logs of other freshmen who often feel
the same way.
Most freshmen agreed that freshman orientation and
Fish Camp got them off to a good start at ACU.-Iohnna
Friddell, a freshman radio-television major from
Nashville, Tenn., said she was homesick at Fish Camp,
but the upperclassman counselors were encouraging and
related experiences of when they were freshmen that were
comforting to hear, said johnna.
john Slaughter, a freshman math and computer science
major from Houston, said he didn't have much trouble
adjusting to ACU. He introduced himself to people and
ran for freshman president.
"You have to step out on a limb to try to meet peo-
ple," he said. But others aren't always as outgoing, and a
lot of freshmen sit in their dorm rooms not knowing
anyone but their roommate. Sheryl Mann, a freshman
nursing major from Harlingen, said he spent a lot of time
in her room feeling alone.
"It took me nearly a whole semester to feel at home at
ACU," said Sheryl. But she said she learned that the best
way not to meet people is to stay in your room. She said
some of the best places to meet new friends are standing
in the Bean line and eating in the Bean.
Laurie Wilson, a pre-law major from Houston, agreed
that freshmen shouldn't stay in their rooms all the time.
She said she would encourage incoming freshmen to be
in Freshman Follies and Sing Song.
"I was scared when I first came to ACU. I wasn't sure
how I would meet people," Laurie said, But the many
freshman activities made it easier to meet others, she said.
So don't despair if you're at the bottom now, the top
of the mountain is in sight. Graduation is another year
closer, and the trek will be much more pleasant if you'll
only leave your fears - and your dorm room - behind.
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