Summertime stampede on campus

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During the first part of the summer, the university campus becomes a – long awaited – quiet place. No more floods of students on campus, and only occasional maintenance works inside and out of the buildings create noise in campus.

This changes quickly when the summer session begins. Although the number of students who take the summer session is not as large as that during the long semesters, there are other populations who occupy the campus at that time.

It would be the high time for the new and transfer students orientations and various summer camps on campus. Every morning at 7:30 during the last week, the hallway in front of my third floor office was blockaded by hundreds of young men of a summer camp assembling for breakfast and the day’s instruction briefing. All are in white t-shirts with a same kind of lanyard name tags around their necks, and some carry flags to lead individual groups… and their leaders sometimes call for loud chants to channel their attention. Oh, boy…  Some of them even knock on my office door for no reason. I blame it myself, as I hang a “Do Disturb” sign on the door.

Downstairs, all kinds of young people, sometimes elementary school students,  with completely different dimensions of volume and pitch of their voice and level of attention, other times incoming freshmen for new student orientation, and yet other times, groups of parents and families for college tours surge in and out of the building. I am so sympathetic for the janitor ladies of my building at this time. They have to work so hard to barely keep up with cleaning the floors and restrooms.

Soon, the tide will turn again and I will see different kind of people flooding and ebbing the campus. I must not complain. This is a sign of vitality of the university campus.

 

[photo courtesy: Dong-Ha Min]

[photo courtesy: Dong-Ha Min]

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