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T y l er , Me, J a mi e, Ma x , Andr ew

My First Look at Purdue

My r s ts emes t erher ea tt heUni v er s i t yofPur duewa sonet ha ti nv ol v edma ny obs t a c l es , f unt i mes , butmos ti mpor t a nt l y …s uc c es s . I r ea l i z et ha tt hes uc c es sI a c hi ev edi sar es ul tofdi ffer enta s pec t sofc ol l ege, butonec omest omymi ndi n pa r t i c ul a r . MyDa nc e2XSc oedhi phopt ea mi st hema i nr ea s onwhymy r s t s emes t erwents owel l . Apa r tofDa nc e2XSt ha tr ea l l yc ha ngedmyov er a l l s emes t erwa st hemember st ha tpa r t i c i pa t edi ni t . T hes enotonl ywer emyt ea mma t es , butmygoodf r i ends . Meet i ngt hes enewpeopl ewa sex c i t i ng. Bec omi nggood f r i endswi t hev er ys i ngl eoneoft hem ma des uc hapos i t i v ei mpa c tonmys emes t er . I wa sa bl et ogot ot hem f ora s s i s t a nc eout s i deoft he“ da nc ewor l d, ”ha ngout wi t ht hem onweek ends , a ndev engot ol unc honoc c a s i on. Da nc e2XSpr ov i ded mewi t hnewa ndev er l a s t i ngf r i endst ha tma demy r s ts emes t era tPur duemor e c omf or t a bl e.


As i def r om t hef r i ends hi pst ha twer ema de, I f oundt ha tDa nc e2XSembeddedpl ent yofnewt y pes / s t y l esofmus i ci nt omybody . I ha v ea l wa y s f ounda ni nt er es ti nmus i c ; howev er , I onl yha daf ewdi ffer entgenr es t ha tI woul dl i s t ent o. AsI wa sont hi st ea m, I wa sf or c edt oa da ptt o uni quegenr est ha twer e“ unk nown”t ome. Weda nc edt oev er ys t y l e t ha tev er ymemberont het ea m enj oy ed. T her ef or e, ha v i ngt hes enew t y pesofmus i ci nmyea r sga v emes omet hi ngt oda nc et o, r el a xt o, a nd ev endomyhomewor kt o. I us edt hes emul t i pl egenr esofmus i cf or a l mos tev er y t hi ngI di donc a mpusa nda tpr a c t i c e, a l l owi ngmet odo wel l a ndbea tpea c edur i ngt hi sr s ts emes t er .

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Da nc e2XSdi dpr ov i dema nyoppor t uni t i esa ndot herbenet i ngt hi ngst ot hemember sont het ea m, butonet hi ng t ha tI r ea l l yenj oy edwa st hes uppl yofoutt st ha twer ec ei v edf orbei ngont het ea m. I ’ m notabi gs hoppera ta l l . On t heot herha nd, wheni tc omest obuy i nguni f or mst owea r , t ha tr epr es ent sy ourma r kont het ea m, I wi l l pa yf ora ny t hi ng. Notonl ydi dI gett owea rs t y l i s ha ndhi pc l ot hi ngt ha tI l i k ed, butI gott or epr es entmyc l ubonc a mpus . I f el tl i k eI wa smor eapa r tofPur due, i nawa y . I tga v emes omet hi ngt o t el l myf r i endsonc a mpuswhent heya s k ed, “ Wha ti sDa nc e 2XS ? ”Al t hought hea ppa r el i sonl yoneofma nyr ea s onswhy Da nc e2XSma demywel c omi ngs pec i a l , i twa soner ea s on t ha tma demeha ppyt obeapi ec eofPur dueUni v er s i t y .

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Aga i n, whenI wor emyDa nc e2XSa ppa r el , I f el tapa r tofs omet hi ngbi gger . I bel i ev edt ha tI wa sr epr es ent i ngourc l uba ndour Uni v er s i t y . I nmos tc a s es , t hi swa sv er yt r ue. Ov ert hec our s eofmy r s ts emes t er , wet r a v el edt oav a r i et yofpl a c es . T hi si nc l uded: Chi c a go, Ur ba na , Ur ba na Cha mpa gne, a ndAnnAr bor . Ama j or i t yof t hes et r i pswer et os howc a s eourt a l ent , buti nt hepr oc es sofdoi ng t ha t , I l ea r nedt ha tDa nc e2XSwa sa boutnet wor k i nga swel l a s ev er y t hi ngel s e. Da nc i ngi nf r ontoft hes eot hert ea msa ndpubl i c f r om ot hers t a t esa l l owedmyna met obes pr ea d. I twa sawa yf or met ogetk nownout s i deofc a mpus . Notonl ywa sI net wor k i ng my s el ft hr oughda nc e, butI wa snet wor k i ngt hr ougha na udi enc e per s pec t i v e. I wentt os hows , metf a mousda nc er s , a nda t t endeda f ewwor k s hops . Net wor k i ngi sav a l ua bl et hi ng, a sI l ea r ned, a nd wa st r emendous l yhel pf ul dur i ngmy r s ts emes t era tPur due, a si t wi l l bedownt her oa d.


S na c k s Onec a ni ma gi net ha ta f t era l l oft hel ong a nddedi c a t edhour sofda nc i ng, we woul dbec omev er yhungr y . Myonl yc ommenta boutt ha ti st ha twewer e. Wewer e nea r l ya l wa y sea t i ngf ood. I won’ tc ompl a i nbec a us emos tofi twa sf r ee. Goi ng ont hes et r i psha si t sbenet s . I s hor t l yunder s t oodt ha tf r eef oodwa st hema i n benet . I l ov et oea t , t her ef or e, t hi ss emes t erwa sgr ea tbec a us ei twa sf ul l of f ood; as ur pl usoff ood. Da nc e2XSwa smy gr oc er ys t or ei nawa y . I k nowt ha tt hi s r ea s oni ngi snots ubs t a nt i a l c ompa r edt o t heot herones , butnonet hel es s , i ti sa r ea s onwhyDa nc e2XSma demes emes t erwor t hwhi l e.


Da nc e2XSpl a y edahuger ol ei nmy r s ts emes t er her ea tPur duea sonec a nunder s t a ndbyt hi spoi nt . S omemi ghtt hi nkt ha tda nc ei smyl i f ea ndt ha tmy t i mea tPur duei soc c upi edbyda nc e. T hi sbel i efi s v er yi nc or r ec t . I a ma tt hi ss c hool f oreduc a t i onpur pos e. I a ms t udy i ngengi neer i nga ndpl a nt obea c i v i l engi neerwi t ha na r c hi t ec t ur a l des i gnba c k gr ound. T hea ma z i ngpa r ta boutt hi si st ha tev er y one el s eonDa nc e2XSi sont hes a meboa ta sI a m. Mor e t ha nha l foft hemember sa r eengi neer sa nda r ea bl e t ohel pmewi t hea s eonmyhomewor k , s eei nga sI ’ m af r es hma na ndt hey ’ r eupperc l a s s ma n. Yes , t hi sc l ub ha sdoneav a r i et yofhel pf ul t hi ngsf orme, buti ti s s t i l l onl ya nex t r a c ur r i c ul a ra c t i v i t y . Andev er y one a gr eeswi t ht ha t . Da nc e2XSha ss hownmeanewl i f e a tPur due, s ot os pea k , a ndmor ei mpor t a nt l ygi v en meanewf a mi l y .

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