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KSU freshman on his own for first time

By Paul Harris

The son of two alums, Nate Day, 18, never really thought he would end up at Kansas State.

Yet as time wore on, Day found that Kansas State was the place that he wanted to forge his future. Day, who is from Oklahoma City, said his parents are big K-State fans and were really excited when he told them of his intentions to attend K-State.

He hit campus Friday as one of perhaps 5,000 arriving freshmen, most of whom—like him—will be living away from home for the first time in their lives. It will be frightening for some, exhilarating for others, and a learning experience for all.

Day has one advantage over many of his fellow arrivals: he has been to Manhattan and the Kansas State campus “a handful of times” for football games and other activities. So it is familiar. But Day said he still has to figure out where his classes are. Day’s dad pointed out a few buildings to the freshman, but Day suspects that he will find his classrooms Sunday.

Day said he is excited, but nervous about living on his own for the first time in his life. “I’m just looking for a new experience,” he said.

At the outset of his college career, he is most worried about keeping his grades up.

“I got to study,” Day said. “You are the only one that is accountable for your grades.”

Day described himself as a smart student, but said he pushed his studying aside in high school.

An accounting major, Day said school is going to be his first priority.

“I’m excited about meeting people, but school is going to come first.”

“(People) told me you are not going to pass if you are not going to put time in to it.”

Although school is going to come first for the young student, Day said he is still going to have a social life.

A wide receiver on his high school football team, Day, has not bought football tickets for the coming K-State football season, but he said he is going to buy them soon. Day spurned scholarship offers from smaller schools such as Emporia State and McPherson College to come to Manhattan. He said he is toying with the idea of trying out for the team next year. Besides football, Day said he is excited about attending other school activities and just getting out there and meeting people.

Day will be living at West Hall, which features a community service cluster, and should present him with plenty of volunteer activities.

Day is living with one of his friends. His buddy had already been committed to attend K-State, so once Day committed it seemed like a natural fit for the two friends to room with each other.

“You have to have people you know,” Day said. “It would be really hard without.”

Day is excited about living in the dorms, but when he asked his parents and other friends about them Day said “people don’t have many nice things to say about them.”

He plans on living in the dorms for one year before moving off campus.

Day, who arrived Friday, said nothing has shocked him on his first few days on campus, except for for the number of police.

“It’s really everything I expected,” Day said. “The people are really nice, but there are way too many cops.”

Day said an officer stopped him last night on his way home for no reason.

Otherwise, Day has enjoyed his time on campus and looks forward to the upcoming year.

He’ll start his first day of classes at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

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