Fishing: A First year’s view

At  ALA, words have the tendency to forsake their original meanings. “Fishing” is one fo those words.Back in the days of our anscestors, fishing meant catching fish for food or as a sport. Today, fishing is the search for bae (the one, the significant other, the boo).  At ALA, fishing is now the act of flirting or making advances towards someone. Out of it, attrocious lines such as “do you know what material my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.” or “if you were a tropical fruit you’d be a Fine-apple” arise.

Being a first year you’re considered to be fresh meat and so you’re immediately exposed to the thirst upon your arrival. People hoping to be startin’ somethin’ swarm towards you like bees to a blossoming flower. You’re stalked months before you even set foot on campus so that by the time you actually arrive, all that is left is for you to be introduced to traditions such as “quad walking” or “Sunday afternoon pizza.”

It is because we are exposed to this thirst that we receive nicknames like “thirsty firsties” regardless of the fact that we are the victims and not the predators. For those you that have not been privileged (or unlucky!)  enough  to experience this fishing first hand, do not despair because in ALA as the seasons change so does the general taste in “fish.” It is never really a question of if it will happen but when it will happen. According to my observations, some fishing seasons have passed and some are coming:

September: peak fishing time.

October: Formation of those early relationships

With November comes the “SAT celebration fishing” and the “exam support fishing.”

Still to come is my favorite type of fishing; the “December fishing.” This is the “let’s begin the New Year together” and the “no strings attached” fishing  that honestly only exists due to too much holiday excitement. Brace yourself guys; it’s coming.

Btw, for those of you in relationships, you’re not safe either. Do not forget that sometimes fish slip off the hook and someone else catches them.

Happy fishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA: A Layman’s Guide

Note: This was originally a guide sent out to the first year students of 2013, by a concerned second year. May the enjoyment he got writing it, be the same joy you have reading it.

So, you applied to get into ALA and fought your way through applications, finalist weekends and thousands of competitors, and finally, you have reached the top. Now, you are about to get a great education, a space on the Fortune 500 and maybe start up that space program. Easy, right? Continue reading “ALA: A Layman’s Guide”