University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1883

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ALUMNI. fT seems sti ' ange to be called on as Alnmni to contribute to the Index. There was a time not long ago with many of us, when pil we contributed to the Index personally, and directly through our @)% own participation of the life of which this publication is a reflex. That time has passed for us. No more do we have our names printed twenty or moi ' e times, as members of our class, secret and literary society, grub-club, military department, etc., or hyphenated in the " Grrinds, " or nicknamed in the personal references. No more for us the call to prayers, or recitation, no more trips " over the bridge to the Hash-house, " no more the pomp and glorious circumstance of mili- tary evolution, no more class work, and no more fun, anyway. For we are staid and sober citizens, we are : and yvhj should we be asked to contribute to the Index ? Because the boys at alma mater want to hear from us. Because they need sound encouragement and advice to lighten up the w eary hours of college life. Because the editors kno " v w e are the ones whose words will give tone and soliditj to the an- nual Junior production. Hence we write. There is little to write about, but we write just the same. We might go on to shed a few word-tears on the subject of our regrets at leaving college to battle alone with life ' s storna, as it were ; but we refrain from harrowing up the feeling of our gentle readers. We are not sorry that we have left college, but we are glad we graduated from it. Glad that we spent four years at the M. A. C. Glad of that, but not sorry that we are now on life ' s highway, as men, traveling towards the future, with the lessons of the past be- hind us, and the prize for well-doing in front. Think of life, you who are yet in college, as a movement towards an end. The movement may be forward or backward as you choose the road, but the end will come just the same in either case. Think then as to what end you wish to reach, and make your college life a preparation for the journey. Make your college course benefit you 92

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mentally, physically, morally, if possible, that you may be armed at all points for the struggle that is to come. Do not be alarmed by so much cautionary advice, but believe that a man ' s college course means more to his after life than he is inclined to believe while a stude ' nt. And so great a proportion does not depend on your studies, or your teachers, as on yourselves and your self-training. It may be said vt ith much truth that what a man is when he leaves college, such will he remain. It makes not so much difference how he enters college, be he good, bad, or indifferent ; it is the man as he graduates who is the man you meet or hear of, one, three, or ten years after. The man who goes from good to bad, or perhaps from bad to worse, during the four year?, keeps on in that direction in- definitely in the future. He who rises from good to better, or from bad to good it may be, through the influence of college training, may be found on that line in the years to conae. See that you set your faces toward the right point, and swerve not. Be not alarmed, dear readers still students ; the quality of mercy is not strained, neither is the language of good advice. Life perhaps you will not find so bad as painted. Fortunately for you if so. But it is our duty, having gone over the road before, to warn you of obstacles and pitfalls, that your journey may be easier. To brother Alumni there is but one word : Subscribe regularly for the Index, and like Scotty Briggs, never shake your alma mater. Aggie. 93

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