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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

And Lexington Stirs to Life....

Freshers for Fall 2005 have started arriving at Lexington. Eager questions about on-campus jobs, RAs, TAs; anxiety at being at a new city, home; worry about finding their way through the campus; ponderances over where to have lunch/dinner; I looked back to the time when even routine things seemed daunting to me. At the risk of sounding patronising/maudlin, yesterday, I somehow felt a lot older at 23 than these young kids. It was as though I had suddenly grown up and I had a responsibility to make them feel comfortable, even if only to a small degree. And in their shining eyes, I saw a reflection of me two years back!

But the good part of all this is that Lexington has started to fill up with young blood. The campus will be buzzing again with chatter, laughter, worried sleepless kids doing assignments/projects, running here and there. The mid-summer lull and laziness at Young Library will be replaced by brimming study halls. I am smiling..:))

13 comments:

Leon said...

I can say the same for UNH. A couple of students have already made it here and they seem positively frightened.... just like I was last year.. lol

A lot more are in email contact and once they arrive we should have the Indian student association bustling with potlucks and parties.. :-)

Vivek said...

I am, by your definition, a 'worried kid, eager with questions' and all the other things you said. (different university though)

Routine things do seem daunting to me. However, I think the best thing is the excitement at doing things for the first time. Maybe, in a couple of months things will become routine and boring.

Ilaiy said...

Nice post

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Sriram C S said...

Ragging kidayatha? ;)

Prabu Karthik said...

worried young kids

subha rombo nalla ponnu. indha mahdiri senior kediaka neenga ellam kuduthu vechirukanum...

yaaruku eppo paisa venumnaalum thayangaama kelunga. she will be more than happy to help u all and make u feel comfortable...

apdi dhaney subha?:-))

Praveen said...

Enga college-la first years-a eduthu thalli irukkaan, aana oru ponnu kooda nalla illa x(

Anonymous said...

Chocolate~Pastry,

inga vandhum unnOda vElaya kaaturiyE :)

Arjuna_Speaks said...

Wow - you have an english blog too!! Blogrolling you straight away :)

Barath said...

New studesnts? Oh yeah!...its certainly a welcome change after the actively boring summer!

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Good for you.!

I can imagine the life there inside the campus.

Though I didn't study in the US, I know the settling pains.! Tough early days..are still fresh in my memory.

Thanks to my memories..I've decided...if you see any fresher in distress...I will go out of my way to make him comfortable. !

Freeyavedu said...

I tortured almost all of the CS seniors abt the courses offered and funding.. hehehe...

gnyaan said...

aint't an unwritten rule that when the new army arrives the old army should dispatch! well, but again there are exceptions I perceive.

Aatma said...

Yes those beautiful two years in college, the frantic search for a campus job, and then spending 3 months in the cafeteria dishroom(ego shattering experince ;), but teaches u to respect all jobs), the assignments, trying to get assistanceship. U make me feel nostalgic, though it was just 2 years before :)

We did the same for our juniors, gave them shelter till they found a place to stay, at one point we had 8 people staying in the house, directing them to the right place to get jobs, showed them all the loopholes and pitfalls. Someone did it for us, and now it is our turn. A new country - All alone, it is our job to make them feel comfortable and safe.

Way to GO Subha - Keep up the good work. U are doing what is required of u to do.