“Does the walking ever end?”
“How many callout meetings can I possibly have in one evening?”
The answers to those questions, respectively: We have roughly 800 more incoming freshmen than usual, no, and five.
I should probably introduce myself: My name is Hannah Derleth, I’m a freshman, and I’m double majoring in journalism and marketing. I held editor positions on Noblesville High School’s newspaper, the Mill Stream, for two years, and spent my senior year interning at one of Noblesville’s local papers, the Times. I absolutely love writing, and I’m excited to grow my talent and share my gift here at Ball State.
I’ve been living on campus for exactly 19 days now, and it’s been an absolute rush: a rush of emotions, a rush of adrenaline, and a rush of people. I’ve done more here on campus in the past week than I ever would have planned, and I’ve made countless memories with people that, quite frankly, I don’t even know their names. I have fostered friendships that will last longer than 180 school days, and I have professors that are invested in what they teach and love what they do.
As much as the questions at the beginning sound rather negative, I came to realize that those answers are the best. A sea of unfamiliar faces led to me making amazing memories (usually Frisbee or Walleyball related) with people whose names I will never remember, and the endless list of callout meetings just meant that Ball State offers something for every student. And the walking? Well, I have to avoid the “Freshman 15” somehow.
19 days in, and I can already tell that saying yes to the Honors College has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m surrounded by like-minded people who want nothing but the best for their education, and expect nothing but the best from themselves. It’s a wonderful change of pace; now I’m sitting in a classroom full of students who actually read the Bhagavad Gita, rather than sitting with kids that just googled a summary of the discourses ten minutes before class.
19 days in, and I know I’ve found my home. Ball State has given me so much already, and has presented me with so many opportunities that will only lead me to success.
19 days in, and I’m happy.