Nate Day was scheduled to start his journey as a college student at 11:30 Monday morning with an English class.
The new beginning has done little to shake Day’s confidence.
“I slept great, man,” Day said. “I went to bed around two. I don’t have any nerves.”
Day, a freshman from Oklahoma City who arrived on campus Friday, said he really likes the newfound freedom and flexibility of a college schedule. Like many of his fellow freshmen, it’s his first experience living away from home for an extended period.
English is the first of three Monday classes for Day. He said he expected the professor to be very stringent.
“I don’t think they are going to slack off,” Day said. “They are not going to be your mom. If you want to do the work, do it. If not, then don’t.”
Day did check out his classrooms on Sunday, but said he still is not completely sure where all of them are located.
“I do know that all of them are about ten minutes apart, though,” he said. “I’m going to be hustling.”
The muddled schedule will leave Day without a chance to grab any lunch at the Derby Dining Center, which serves his West Hall dorm room.
Other than its schedule, Day said he has enjoyed his experience at the dining center.
Day grabbed some breakfast on Sunday and said the food was good.
So far, Day has enjoyed his time in the dorms, but there have been a few drawbacks during his four-day stay.
“It’s a small living space and you have to go all the way down the hall to brush your teeth,” he said.
That has not been the biggest problem, though, for Day and his floormates.
The air conditioning quit working.
“It’s very hot,” Day said. “Everybody is complaining.”
Other than the difficult living arrangements, Day likes his roommate. That’s no surprise, since they knew each other from high school and signed up to room together. He said he likes the guys living on his floor.
Day said the guys got to know each other by playing games. They will have an all-floor dinner tonight.
Day is living on an all-male floor in West Hall.
He attended the pep rally Sunday night with his roommate and another friend. He was taken aback by what he saw. “The students are really energetic and excited about K-State,” Day said.
He said he anticipates going to more events in the 10-day Week of Welcome , which is put on by Kansas State to help students get acclimated with the university and other student organizations.
Day said he is going to go to class, go to the recreation center for some lifting, and then head over to a friend’s house to go swimming tonight.
Day will have four classes Tuesday, the first at 9:30 a.m. and the last one at 7:30 p.m.