Freshman seeks campus’ endless opportunities

By Ashleigh Evans

Finally, the school year has progressed and we are in our third week. That was more exciting in my head; anymore the classes are becoming routine and mundane. Lecture, notes, lecture, activity, notes, reading and repeat.

Everyone is experiencing this lull, not just freshmen. Honestly though, it still is a little exciting for me, because we are still in the preliminary rounds of introductory lectures.

There seems to be a lot of waiting, at least as classes go. Sadly, just over that horizon of “possibility” there are numerous projects and exams.

I guess you win some and you lose some.

Things have been looking up, considering my downtime is becoming less and less available. As a freshman, I really am trying to become involved in as many organizations as possible. At this point, I think I have a healthy balance of clubs, school and regular social life.

Now, my regular amount is probably very different from someone else’s regular, let’s be honest.

Coming into UK, I knew that there was an abundance of clubs and organizations that you could involve yourself in, but I had no idea that they were so extensive.

My high school just had a small group of clubs you could join and were pretty general regarding the type of club. I am still really impressed that there is such a wide range available.

I mean, there are major specific clubs; you have no idea how baffled I am by this (but in a good way, I promise). Honestly, I feel like Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” should be playing somewhere right now.

Adjusting is becoming easier as the weeks progress.

I feel like a majority of freshmen either really miss home or are completely fine. As usual, I fall in the middle of that spectrum.

“Adjusting” is such a broad term when I think about it. I say that I’m still adjusting to college life, which includes not only the college but the various activities and culture.

Lately though, I feel like I have needed a helping hand on understanding this weather. Since when did the roads become a river? I had no idea that I needed a boat to cross the street.

Along those lines, how do you prepare for these sudden changes? College is costing too much money. I have never needed to buy a pair of rainboots in my entire life.

Nor have I ever had to learn so much new vocabulary about food alone. I am still really confused as to what Ale-8-One tastes like. I’ve heard it tastes like Sprite but also that it tastes like ginger-flavored ginger ale. What does that mean? What is burgoo?

It is still very interesting learning all of this about Kentucky’s culture.

UK has proved to be a home away from home, but like anything, it takes time and getting used to. I really have enjoyed my experience so far and cannot wait to fully understand Kentucky.

Ashleigh Evans is an ISC freshman. Email

Sam says:

How is this not an opinion?

This highlighted nearly everything I’ve thought of during my time here. I think no matter what you hear from upperclassmen, your experience will be a little shocking no matter what.

Peej says:

Investing in some rain boots is an excellent idea, and maybe an over-sized umbrella. I think you’ve got some solid opinions on how weird it is to adjust to college life. Yes.

Jason says:

How is this an opinion??? Wow way to join clubs at uk way to go. Wtf.