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Freshman finds classes are different than he expected

By Paul Harris

Halfway through his first day of classes at K-State, freshman Nate Day’s impression of what he had gotten into began to change.

“A little different than I expected,” Day said of those first class experiences. “Some teachers are really nice and some are not so nice,” Day said. 

Day said his business professor is really professional. Class rules prohibit anyone from reading the paper or doing anything to distract from the class. Absences are also a problem.

“He told us that if you miss a class, you better be calling me,” Day said.

Not only did the attendance policy surprise Day, but the size of the classes was equally shocking.

At Day’s high school in Oklahoma City, the entire graduating class consisted of 120 people. In Day’s algebra class Monday, more than 300 students showed up.

“They won’t even care if I’m not there,” Day said. “They are not going to watch you.”

Day said he thinks his classes will be pretty easy as long as he stays on top of his work. 

To that end, he spent some of Monday night with his nose buried in a textbook.

“We had homework on the first day,” Day said. “I just had to read a few pages and answer a few questions..”

Day is taking a total of 15 credit hours this semester.

Life in his West Hall dorm room still has its inconveniences. The air conditioner remains broken and Day has no idea when it will get fixed.  By the way, outside temperatures hovered close to 100 Monday and Tuesday.

“I hope it cools down soon,” Day said.

The biggest obstacle for this new student outside of his dorm room has been the walk across campus. He found the 10 minutes alloted on his schedule to go from one class in Cardwell Hall to another in the fieldhouse complex to be a challenge. Later, Day and his roommate, Jared, went to Memorial Field to play in a few co-ed soccer games. The strenuous activity took its toll. Day said his legs felt like jelly when he got up this morning.

“I’m tired man,” he said as he walked across the campus. Just that walk is an adjustment after attending a high school where most classes were a few rooms away from one another.

Day attended an all-floor dinner with his floormates Monday. The event confirmed his view of the quality of the food at the dining center. “The food is real good … I really like the Derb,” he said.

Day has spent his first few days here unsuccessfully lobbying floormates to get out and go places. But it hasn’t stopped him from meeting folks.

“Everybody wants to meet people,” Day said. “So it’s been really easy to meet others.”

At this stage, he’s unsure whether he is going to join any clubs. The first few days remain a whirlwind, and even Day is still trying to figure out where some of his classes are located.

“I don’t even know,” Day said. “ I really have not taken a look at any of them. I don’t even know where to look.”

Day does not have class till 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and he expects to use most of the free time to rest. But not all of it; his agenda for Tuesday afternoon also included more soccer and trying to meet more people.

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