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Senior looks back with some nostalgia
Briana Duncan
Antelope Staff
Photo from Internet
Duncan argues even the Nebraskan Student Union has altered since her Freshman days at UNK.

Once upon a time, there was a fun freshman girl who came out West to start a new life at UNK. Who knew that the little girl I’m speaking of would turn into a career-driven, fun sponge who did nothing but walk around campus realizing her destiny as someone who is now known as old news. 

That fun little girl was once me. I had the freshman year of a lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kearney. I love the people, the campus and activities. But as I walked to class on the first day of my senior year, I realized I didn’t recognize too many familiar faces as I ventured out of the usual building that I’ve been accustomed to for the last two years. 

With every student I passed, I could set apart the freshman from the rest. They had their new, crisp, perfectly square book bags and their neon UNK lanyards around their necks holding their student IDs, anticipating the possible interrogation by a passing faculty member. 

As a Loper veteran, I have to confess that I don’t remember the last time I even owned a UNK lanyard, let alone actually had my UNK ID card ready at my fingertips. It’s crazy to think that most of the new students coming onto campus were born in the 90's. To think that they were born in the time when 'Saved By the Bell' was just on as a rerun and the original gray, two-inch thick Nintendo Game Boy was just yesterday’s news. 

I have come to the realization that time is continuing to fly by and UNK’s campus has had many changes since the time of my arrival. The other day as I entered the Student Union for the first time this year, I looked around waiting to see someone I had previously had in a class or at least someone that I had been in an organization with. 

I immediately began to feel like a kindergartner on the first day of school. I couldn’t name one single person. I was panicked. I tried scoping the crowd to just find one individual who I had seen before. 

As I began to walk out of the union, I ran into an old friend who is even older than me, and the first words out of my mouth were, “You know how I know I’m old?” Before I could even say one more word, he looked at me and said, “You know how I know I’m old? I haven’t been in the union in two years.” 

It hit me.  Just as this campus has changed over the last three years, so do the people that come in and out of UNK. It’s crazy to think there was a time when students bought a Blimpie sandwich instead of an egg roll from the Bamboo Asian cuisine. A time when apartment housing was just a fenced in dirt patch and Martin Hall residents woke up to a bulldozer every morning at 7 a.m. 

Thankfully, there are those little things like Taco Bell and the seven-minute walk from library to West Center that we can always count on here at UNK, at least for this year.


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