1. Servo cookies really are as amazing as everyone makes them sound. Trust us. We know. There will be people who try to tell you that they’re overrated, and these people are not your friends. We recommend getting up early and often at lunch to get the freshest batch available!
2. Stine Lake is not ACTUALLY a lake. Don’t bother walking all the way to Quarry for your first-year hall social event because that’s the only lake that came to mind….although it is a nice spot for a walk.
3. No, you’re not living in Manhattan; however, sometimes the ominous and random “Gettysburg wind tunnel” will give you that impression. Don’t ask why it happens: just bundle up in your windbreaker, keep your head down, and get to class. Unfortunately, in the spring the wind tunnel smells like manure. Don’t worry–it will pass.
4. Sometimes your roommate WILL bother you, and that’s okay. When you’re spending that much time together in a small space with no air conditioning, things are bound to get a little tricky.
5. It will take a good month or so to adjust to the “acronym capital of the world”: aka Gettysburg College. Between the CUB, CAB, GLC, CPS, and GRAB, we can’t blame you if your head is spinning. Just promise us you’ll learn the most important one of all; JMR is not a building, student group or dining hall—it’s short for President Janet Morgan Riggs! Can you blame us for giving her a nickname? We all want to be her friend!
6. Always, always, always take your parents to the nicest places when they come to visit. Whether it’s the Blue Parrot or The Dobbin House, suggest going where you can’t afford to go with your friends!
7. Midnight Madness is awesome. Servo theme-nights are equally awesome. Servo Thanksgiving is on a whole other level. Put them on your schedules early and don’t miss the opportunity for great food amongst even better friends.
8. Fifty-seven percent of students in the graduating Class of 2012 studied off-campus for a semester or longer, ranking Gettysburg College 5th in the nation for liberal arts colleges according to the Institute of International Education. Nearly 100 percent get involved in some kind of public service. This makes you part of a very special student body. You only have 4 years—don’t waste it!
Article by the BOLD Council Communications Committee