Western Warm-Up: wonderful welcome wagon

Opinion

Imagine that you are a first-time freshman striding through campus on the first day of classes. You are far from home and experiencing the independent college life for the first time. You are probably more self conscious than you need to be, and even a little nervous about how you will be welcomed at your new school. You are anxious about seniors seeking you out for a little initiation that involves paddles and goats. You know there are many fine specimen of the opposite gender also wandering about, and the last thing you want to do is look stupid in front of them.

Students peruse the many displays set up for the Western Welcome Fair on the first day of classes. Students could eat lunch outside by the clock tower after gathering free gifts from area businesses and campus organizations. Photo: Matt Fowler
Students peruse the many displays set up for the Western Welcome Fair on the first day of classes. Students could eat lunch outside by the clock tower after gathering free gifts from area businesses and campus organizations. Photo: Matt Fowler

You are a nervous wreck as you wander around Missouri Western State University’s sprawling and hilly campus. All you want is a friendly face to offer you a chance to catch your breath and point the way, and since it is getting close to lunch time, a little something to eat would be alright as well. That is just about the time that you stumble upon the Western Welcome Fair: a tiny Mecca of tables in the center of the university that represent the range of student organizations and local business that might be recruiting for the next college student to join their ranks. People are handing out free information, Frisbees, stickers and key-chains. Best of all, there is even someone grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Free lunch is just the kind of thing to make your day.

Now you have a new attitude about the first day of school. With a full belly, you are now ready to face your day. No longer are you so frightened by what may be, and you are ready to turn what could be into a bright future for your college career. Western Warm-Up is truly a good thing.

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