Here’s hoping that Kansas State University’s incoming freshmen, many of whom spent Saturday moving into residence halls, find their way to class on Monday. And here’s hoping that they’re settled and feel like part of the university by the end of KSU’s Week of Welcome.
The week includes activities whose purpose is to introduce new students to campus and the community and to make returning students glad they’re back. Events Saturday included an evening in Aggieville and midnight breakfast at the Old Stadium. Today’s events feature a pep rally at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Activities in the days to come include receptions, an ice cream social, a barbecue, information about student organizations, wellness and finances and a campus bike tour. Students also will find live entertainment and plenty of freebies .
Students have been drifting back into town for a couple of weeks. Anyone who’s been paying attention has noticed that the streets, restaurants and stores have gotten more crowded and that the pace of activity has been picking up.
Manhattan doesn’t quite sleep through the summer, but it is a slower, quieter, more peaceful place. Permanent residents enjoy the respite, especially at first, but after awhile the town seems too quiet. It doesn’t take us long to miss the students – their noise, their creativity, their freshness.
Year in and year out, KSU students contribute immensely to Manhattan. They do much more than just spend money – not that we would discourage that. In addition to piles of clothes and dreams, students each August bring energy that spreads through the entire community. It’s no coincidence that K-State ranks second in the nation in Princeton Review’s list of institutions that enjoy great relations with their host community.
Countless KSU students hold jobs in Manhattan, often building relationships that last long after graduation. Other students lend their services to nonprofit endeavors — tutoring area youngsters, coaching youth athletic teams, collecting food for hungry residents or raking leaves for the elderly. It’s noticed and much appreciated.
We join other businesses and residents in welcoming KSU students back to Manhattan. We hope you recognize and make the most of the opportunities that come your way, on or off campus . And we wish you a happy, successful year.