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Editor-in-Chief welcomes students to explore cityscape of life, college


Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 15:02

I’ve always thought of life standing tall before us like a city, it seeming so big, appealing and bright.  I suppose the same could be said about college. While most students spend only a sliver of their lives here, four years for those ambitious few and five for the rest of us clowns, college is often the time when a person defines themselves and makes themselves into a man or woman. And I guess that can be a frightening prospect at first. However, in time, you’ll see that just as in life, college is actually quite wonderful.

So let me welcome all of you incoming students, young and old, recent high school grads and second-chancers. You’ve made it to the big leagues, where I’m sure many homeruns and successes await you. Even if you hit a few foul balls or strikeout once or twice during your time here at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, there’s no need to worry. Your new companion, The Gateway, will be here for you throughout the journey.

This first issue of The Gateway acts as a guide to UNO, informing all of our new Mavericks of tips and news that will help them navigate these next couple of uproarious years. Beyond this issue though, The Gateway will continue to serve as your “guide” to UNO. We’re here to keep you in the know, act as your biggest cheerleader and congratulate you when you make your mark, amuse and surprise you and introduce you to the university’s workings.

The Gateway, published every Tuesday, can act as a warm face there to greet you at the beginning of each week.  Our reporters, editors, photographers and artists work tirelessly each week not only as UNO students but to craft this glowing mug.  A student publication, The Gateway acts as both your source of news and as a fellow peer. 

As your peer, The Gateway would like to hear from you. Not only do we encourage all students to contribute to the publication, but we also would like to hear when we’ve had a less-than-spectacular story or issue. I’ll be the first to admit, we’re not perfect. Let us know when you’re pleased, peeved or pondering and have any questions, regarding not only our publication but the university as a whole. It’s your voice, let The Gateway be your megaphone.

I can still remember back to the moment when I realized college wasn’t such a scary thing after all. Sitting on the third floor of my fraternity house only a month into my first semester at UNO, 40 of my pledge brothers and I were awaiting our pledging ceremony. The shitake scared out of me and attempting to make easy conversation with these strangers who were about to become my “brothers,” I began to calm when an active member spoke. “These are about to be the best years of your life. Don’t blink. It goes by quick,” he said. College, like life I suppose, is finally like a city in that it moves fast.  Make the most of this moment now because you really don’t have time to be hesitant and scared.

One way to avoid this innate fear is to embrace the changes that come your way. New buildings will finish before our eyes this year at UNO, some organizations on campus will rise and some fall, courses will teeter from their syllabus and, yes, even you are bound to change. The Gateway, fitted with a new editor-in-chief and staff, will change this year too. However, our principals remain the same. We are here to act as both a guide and confidant, and that’ll never go out of style.

It’s your city, your life, to lose or win now. You’re in college, but remember, even Rome once faded away. Be just and stick to your principals throughout the many upcoming changes that you are about to occur. Don’t be afraid of what’s next, and who knows, maybe one day you’ll be the tallest and mightiest skyscraper on this campus. Or, at least find yourself being featured with the boldest headline in The Gateway.

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