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Freshman cherishing freedom

Nate Day finishes 600-word essay on time

By Paul Harris

Nate Day is nearly finished with his first week as a college student. He has traversed his way across campus, played soccer, met new friends, and dealt with a malfunctioning air conditioner. Day has 15 more weeks to go before he completes his first semester as a K-State student.

He’s also excited about the future.

“I feel like I am really going to enjoy my classes and I really like my teachers,” he said.

Day believes he has stayed on top of his studies throughout the week, something he was concerned about before the school year started.

“I didn’t think I would stay on top of my homework,” Day said. “(Currently) I am on top of it. “At least I did it (for one week).”

Day was able to finish the English paper that had to be turned in Friday morning last night. It was a 600-word essay on a person who had been an influence on his life. He wrote about his family, but had to borrow his roommate’s computer to do it since Day does not have Microsoft Word.

He’s going to purchase that software soon.

He’s also taken to his newfound independence.

“I have really enjoyed it,” Day said. “You get to do whatever you want, whenever you want.”

That included laundry, which Day did for the first time in West Hall Thursday.

While Day is cherishing his added freedom, he also realizes there are pitfalls.

“You’re the one who has to pay the consequences (of your actions),” Day said.

Now he is looking forward to going to his first football game, touring Manhattan and getting a true taste of Aggieville in the next couple of weeks. So far he has eaten dinner at Porters, Kite’s Bar and Grill, and Hibachi Hut. Since he’s not yet 21, he hasn’t been able to try out any of the bars.

During the week, Day purchased ICAT tickets for the upcoming football season. The first game is Sept. 3 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Day’s plan is to tour the city sometime in the next couple of weeks. He does not expect to travel back home until Thanksgiving.

After nearly a week of problems, Day’s air conditioner is back up and running.

“It’s working a little bit better,” Day said. His room has cooled down considerably since the maintenance guys came and worked on it Wednesday.

The first week has gone quickly , and he said it serves a reminder to him that he is getting older.

“(I feel like) in no time I’ll be out of here,” Day said.









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