Re: Protest the protest, Oct. 8
To the Editor:
After reading Ms. Schroeder's letter, I am disappointed by individuals who are still skeptical about O-week. I am a first-year student who, like the rest of my peers, benefited immensely from O-week.
From the moment I arrived on this campus, I was greeted by enthusiastic and energetic Sophs welcoming me "home." After moving in and saying goodbye to my parents, my Sophs were there to lead me in the right direction and help with everything from campus orientation to homesick feelings.
In the days that followed, all Frosh had fun while learning about our surroundings and adjusting to a new chapter in our lives. O-week was extremely well organized and gave me the opportunity to meet other first-year students who I will work and live with for the next eight months. The upper-year students who so generously gave up their time to lead the Frosh through the O-week activities were amazing and must be applauded for their tremendous effort.
Ms. Schroeder, do you remember your O-week? Do you remember feeling overwhelmed, excited, scared and hopeful all at once? How about walking to your first class, utterly terrified and being saved by your faculty Soph who walked you to class? Do you remember the Western spirit on UC Hill during opening ceremonies? You obviously don't!
I firmly believe that without O-week, this university will be inferior to all the other universities who offer their students one full week to get adjusted. As for you Ms. Schroeder, I am ashamed. I am ashamed of YOU and ashamed to say that YOU even attend this university.