One Semester Later: First-years Answer the Same Questions

Through interviews at the beginning and end of the fall semester, four first-year students reflect on on their growth over their first semester of college.

| Junior Multimedia Editor

The first year sophomore experience

Campus is alive in a way that I should’ve expected, but had no way to prepare myself for.

| Senior Scene Editor

CS40 elects new exec board

Congress of the South 40 announced its newly elected 2018-2019 executive board through its website and social media platforms March 30.

Aiden Blinn | News Editor

A shopping list for freshman year: Dos vs. don’ts to know

Oh, the woes that come with freshman move-in.

Jillian Shah | Contributing Writer

Finding a fulfilling freshman first semester

Before coming to Washington University, I couldn’t tell you how many times an adult came up to me and said, “College will be great; you’re just going to love it.” It was nice to have those words of encouragement, but after a while I started to feel like I was being burdened with a cliche of late-adolescent life. The “college is the best, therefore you must be happy or else” mantra has become so entirely prevalent in teenage culture. If you asked Wash. U. students what their take was on their first year, I think many would tell you that being at this place is incredible. But, as you may have seen on Yik Yak, Wash U Confessions or in the New York Times, there is an element of adversity that we all have to go through.

| Staff Columnist

The best freshman floor themes

As new students arrive at Washington University for the first time this Thursday, they will be greeted by spacious dorm rooms, Tempur-Pedic mattresses and most importantly, a themed dorm floor. Each Residential College’s residential advisers are in charge of creating and executing the themes. While not all of the floors had finished putting up decorations as of the writing of this article, Student Life picked five of the best we found.

Sam Sherman | Freshman Press Writer

Wash. U. is more than a set of statistics

I am starting to feel less like an ant and more like individual: someone who potentially matters here.

Peter Dissinger | Contributing Writer

Bear Beginnings schedule was over-packed and stressful

While the FYC has good intentions of providing freshmen with a memorable and educational orientation experience, freshmen tend to be overwhelmed and exhausted at the end of Bear Beginnings, and there isn’t enough time to recover for the first day of classes.

Bigger isn’t always better

After the last crisp, clean sheet is stretched onto the bed and all the appliances find their own little corners to nestle, the place starts looking less like a dorm room and more like a home. The family has nearly an entire moment to appreciate their creation before a yell rings out through the hall. “Yo bro, can you help me with this box?”

Jacob Shapiro | Contributing Writer

Men’s soccer beats NYU on late goal to position itself for an at-large NCAA tournament bid

With a 2-1 road victory over conference foe New York University on Sunday, the Washington University men’s soccer team positioned itself better for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. An 86th-minute goal by freshman midfielder/back Jake Shapiro, assisted by freshman midfielder Grant Baltes, gave Wash. U. the lead for good.

Tyler Friedman | Contributing Reporter

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