Editorial: New year brings about fresh start

As you pack up the bathing suits and break out the books, remember how lucky you are. Whether you are a freshman or upperclassman, college is a unique opportunity that comes along only once. At Rider, we’re fortunate to have multiple opportunities to get involved, but so many students don’t. The experience is what you make of it, and there is no excuse for settling on just classes. Get an on-campus job, join a club or organization, and step out of your comfort zone because, after all, isn’t that what college is all about?

The Student Government Association hosts an Awareness Fair each year where all campus clubs and organizations recruit new members. Sign up for Student Entertainment Council, ask about the Equestrian Team or even learn about going Greek. Why not? This year’s Awareness Day is Thursday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Campus Mall (rain location is the SRC courts).

Rider prides itself on diversity, so learn something new outside of the classroom by talking to an international student about where they’re from, what they’re interested in or what they think of the United States. There are students from all over — Italy, Morocco, Argentina, Turkey. You might find yourself a new friend, or maybe even get some ideas for studying abroad.

Forget about being a “broke college student.” Find a job on-campus. Student Financial Services hosts a Student Employment Fair on Monday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BLC’s Cavalla Room. Employment opportunities can be anything from working in the library to staffing the computer labs in the Fine Arts building to assisting in the mail room.

Like music? Support Westminster Choir College and attend the first Westminster Conservatory recital Thursday, Sept. 16, from 12:15 to 12:45 at Niles Chapel of Nassau Presbyterian Church at 61 Nassau Street St. in Princeton. The recital is free and features music from Westminster Conservatory faculty members.

So, whether you’re entering Rider as a freshman, or preparing to leave it as a senior, reinvent yourself. Use this year as an opportunity to meet new people and find out more about yourself. It’s all a learning experience. And remember, as Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Good luck and welcome!

This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News editorial board and is written by the Executive Editor, Allie Ward.

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