Beginnings are unusual. They are unfamiliar, and thus, more memorable. Our first impressions have the potential to outweigh weeks of company in our memories because they stand out. The first few weeks of college follow similarly: the actions we take, then, the friendships we form, the parties we join, and the mentalities we adopt.
Here we examine these beginnings to understand their importance, to find their role in shaping the college experience. Our authors address disparate facets of this subject, some by means of personal anecdotes, and others through abstract philosophical musings. We invite you to peruse their thoughts, incorporate them with your own preconceptions, and form your own theory on the importance of those first few weeks.
Nika Madyoon and Dan Garisto, Deputy Opinion Editors
Yasmin Gagne, Editorial Page Editor