Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Whole New MSU: A Student's Perspective

            A new schedule. A new set of classes. A new student body. A new landscape. A whole new experience!  It is quite obvious that year after year, the experiences we had before are never quite the same the next go-around.  We enter each year with a new skillset and new expectations. 
The word “new” means existing for the first time and it is a word that takes on a different meaning every single day because something is always, new.  With these words I hope to express that new can be great.
            As a first year student here at Morehead State University, every single bit of this is new to you.  Your responsibilities have become YOUR responsibilities.  You have freedom that you have never had before.  To a degree, you are for the first time your own person and making decisions without the crutch of parental guidance. 
            As a returning student, you are also experiencing new.  What you saw on campus last year is not the same as what you’re seeing now; mentally and physically.  Your rank has gone up, your comfort has increased, your time management has probably improved, and your tolerance for responsibility is growing.
            While the definition of new has different meaning with different experiences, one thing is new for every single person walking these sidewalks, from the administration rank all the way down to the freshman class, and that is the campus amenities. 
That is why working at the Office of Facilities Management is such a humbling and unique experience for me.  Every project and every renovation adds something new for everyone at Morehead State.  Each thing that is proposed here, transforms everyone’s definition of new with any tie to the school at all.
            We can already see that with this fall semester.  What you first-year-students see as new when you go and swipe your eagle card at Third Street Eats, is just as new to us returning students who have been here for two or three years already.  When you walk past the beautiful east-campus skyline on your way to class or to the recreation and wellness center, things like Andrews Hall and the parking garaga/dining commons are just as new to the professors who have been teaching here for twenty-plus years as they are to you.
            What is even cooler is that when you all are the returning students, you will be able to share a new definition of new with a brand new bunch of incoming students.  When the ADUC expansion project finishes, you will get to experience things that none of us returning students have gotten to experience during our career here; amenities added that will allow your stay at Morehead State better than anyone could imagine.  Get ready for a whole new and better MSU 

Brandon Heinrich, is a senior Engineering Technology student at Morehead State University.
He is a work study for Facilities Management. Heinrich has been an integral part of developing social media presence and often tours the construction sites, documenting progress.
He is Vice President of Pi Kappa Phi and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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