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Ten things we heard during First Flight Week

Ten things we heard during First Flight Week

Two freshmen wearing First Flight Week shirts cling together as they leave Mean Green Fling on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Kristen Watson | Visuals Editor

Ten things we heard during First Flight Week
August 22
13:55 2015

Kayleigh Bywater | Senior Staff Writer

@kayleighbywater

The start of a new school year can be intimidating. It can also mean exciting new opportunities.

We heard a lot of things on campus during First Flight Week as freshmen familiarized themselves with the idea of college.

“There are so many different things going on at UNT.”

Whether you want to participate in debates alongside SGA members or discuss geek culture with the Nerdfighters, UNT has a variety of clubs and organizations.

With over 300 groups and countless activities every week, there is always something to do.

“There is such a wide variety of organizations on campus that it seems like there are endless possibilities when it comes to deciding what you want to participate in,” rehabilitation studies freshman Karla Garcia said.

Computer science sophomore Richard Miles rides a stationary bike in front of the UNT Triathlon booth at Mean Green Fling on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

Computer science sophomore Richard Miles rides a stationary bike in front of the UNT Triathlon booth at Mean Green Fling on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

“I have no idea how I am going to remember where everything is on campus.”

The maze of classrooms on campus can be terrifying to incoming students. Some classes seem like they’ll be hours away from each other. Business marketing freshman Amanda Buendia said, “The more time I have spent on campus, the more I realize that this place is not so intimidating after all.”

“Everyone seems so welcoming and excited to have UNT ’19 here.”

Although it’s nerve-wracking to be in a new environment, the existing student body at UNT welcomes freshmen with open arms.

“It’s nice to feel that even though I haven’t started classes here yet, almost everyone I meet and talk to is so nice and welcoming, even though I’m just a freshman,” kinesiology freshman Leslie Galdamez said.

UNT Spirit Night on August 19, 2015 Photo by Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

Psychology freshman Peyton Sennet points into the crowd during UNT Spirit Night at Apogee Stadium on August 19, 2015. Photo by Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

“I just hope I don’t gain the Freshman 15.”

It’s no secret: college costs a lot of money and takes up a lot of time, which often results in ramen noodles for dinner and caffeine-fueled all-nighters. However, there are many different options for students to stay in shape.

Accounting freshman Megan Lohmann said, “During First Flight Week, I did a tour of the rec center, so now I know I have a place at school that I can always work out at and get energy out.”

“School is going to be a challenge, but UNT’s learning services and the study outlets in the community will help tremendously.”

First Flight Week offered courses about time management and introductions to the Learning Center, which helped students like international studies freshman Ethan Ligon feel ready to take on whatever their professors throw at them.

“I’m nervous about the workload, but I have been in Denton for a few years now, so I am mostly excited to see what my classes have to offer,” Ligon said.

Mean Green Fling 2015 Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

Student body president Adam Alattry laughs after getting dunked by a freshman at Mean Green Fling on Thursday, August 22, 2015. Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

“I am extremely excited to have the ‘college experience.’”

The “college experience” means something different to everyone. There is no set “experience” everyone must go through. Each student can make it their own.

“I’m just excited and ready for the atmosphere and see what experience I have while I’m at UNT,” engineering freshman Nathan Butcher said.

“I am looking forward to seeing what life is like on my own.”

For some, living away from home for the first time is a nail-biting experience, but the feeling usually subsides as they spend more time at UNT. For marketing freshman Marco Hernandez, it’s an adventure.

“I am just really excited to be on my own, away from home, and start this fresh chapter of my life,” Hernandez said.

“I cannot wait to meet all the new people at UNT.”

More than just a place to get an education, UNT is somewhere to make connections. People from all walks of life choose to attend the university, making for a diverse campus.

“I’ve already met so many great people at UNT, but I must admit, I am excited about meeting girls,” criminal justice freshman Steven Keenan said.

Mean Green Fling 2015 Sidney Johnson | Staff Photographer

Tracy Arion, left, Shelby Flores and Tracie Calverley, right, pose together at Mean Green Fling on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Sidney Johnson | Staff Photographer

“I would not feel nearly as ready to start college if it was not for orientation or First Flight Week.”

Some of the required activities may seem tedious, but they help new students get to know the campus.

“I really don’t feel as nervous to start school now,” media arts freshman Magaly Ramos said. “Especially since I’ve been participating in First Flight Week. I feel like I am ready for the big change that college is.”

“I made a great choice by coming to UNT.”

With the new school year starting up, there will be some common sights around campus: kids sprinting across campus with books in their hands, rushing to get to class, and a sea of green on Fridays. However, for freshmen, these will be new sights. College is a scary and terrifying journey for some, while others think of it as the beginning of the rest of their lives.

UNT Spirit Night on August 19, 2015 Photo by Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

The class of 2019 spell out “UNT” on the field at Apogee Stadium during Spirit Night on August 19, 2015. Photo by Dylan Nadwodny | Intern Photographer

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