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Once Upon A Freshman Year

Posted on 06. Oct, 2015 by in Editorial, General, Opinion

Once Upon A Freshman Year

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As we all know, the first time of anything new is always the hardest. Naturally, our first day in university should have been difficult for all of us. However, I have a very strong belief that mine was the worst of all! Despite my fish memory and the fact that the day was about a year ago, I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

Not only was it my first day in college, but it was also my first day wearing retainers after enduring braces for the whole senior year at high school. At the beginning of the day, I did not mind the lisp that unintentionally came out of my mouth from this inhumane device, until the moment I opened my schedule on the banner. It felt like I was in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a map written in hieroglyphics, and above all that, I could not even ask anyone for help! What would anybody think if they saw a freshman hurriedly asking where she could  find the “ESH ESH EE” building or “SHEE Fouwteen” class?

To be honest, I think that the whole first week was quite unsuccessful. When I look back to that time, I keep wondering why I was so embarrassed of being unable to speak normally or of getting lost. Maybe because we all had the impression from high school that when we step in university, we should be the “cool” students who knew everything and never asked for help. After one year, I can say that I deeply regret missing the opportunity to have a laugh about my temporary lisp and how I could have socialized from the very first day. I also regret being that dedicated to finding my classes quickly. It would have definitely made priceless memories if I got lost or even accidently entered the wrong class!

During our journey in life, we go through lots of different phases. Some phases might look or feel embarrassing. However, no matter what you feel, just enjoy each and every phase as much as you can, even if it is freshman year. Ask for directions, get lost and do not be ashamed of asking about anything that comes to your mind. After all, you are not a freshman every year!

 

Farida Eid

Editorial Staff’s Note

Posted on 03. Oct, 2014 by in Editorial

Some concerns have recently been addressed to The Insider AUC newspaper regarding a feature published in our latest print edition.

We conducted an online survey that aimed at rating some services at AUC. We published the results along with responses from the survey and direct interviews.

One of the services we addressed was the “FYE program”. The following clarifications are due:

1. The  survey was conducted between August 7th and September 2nd, which is before the last FYE. The survey respondents were all continuing students. This is obvious in the interview mentioned in the article with a “sophomore” student. The sample included 153 students from all study years except this year’s freshmen. Hence, it in no way evaluates this year’s FYE.

2-  The question related to the FYE in the survey was a simple “Yes” or “No” question on whether participants thought it was useful. While “No” gained 53%, “Yes” accordingly gained 47%. Therefore, there was not any chance for the newspaper to interpret the results in an unrepresentative way.

3- The word “infamous” was used to reflect the results of the survey and views expressed through some interviews, not to label the institution or express the newspaper’s view.

We regret not making that clear enough in how the phrases were written in our print. It was an unintended editing mistake that the published article did not have the word between quotations to denote that.

The word without quotations leaves an impression that the newspaper staff has something against the institution. This is far from true. We gladly published a video and a photo album of this year’s FYE, and of ones from previous years. The Insider is a student newspaper that highly regards all student activities, and its vision is to unite and empower students.

4- Finally, if  we could find discrepancies in the results between freshmen students and older AUCians, this would mean that FYE team in recent years has transformed it completely.

This obliges us as a newspaper to work on drawing a complete picture for the FYE by including some freshman views on it, to show any significant improvements compared to earlier years.

5- This highlights the importance of feedback we receive. Therefore, we will appreciate it if you can find some time to fill out this survey about the latest print edition: auc.insiderstudent.com/survey

Editorial Staff