by Joe Lynn
Hi. My name is Joe, and if you were to ask me about my time at FHU, I’d say that I had a pretty incredible Freed-Hardeman experience. Like, best four years of my life good. Not in a depressing ‘my life is awful now’ way, but in a ‘that will be hard to beat’ way. I’m 27 years old and I work as an Admissions Counselor for the University. Many things went into making my experience at Freed so great. I would say that there’s too many to count, but I’ve actually thought through it and have come up with a list of the 50 greatest things about FHU! Each week, and in no particular order, I’ll be sharing with you one thing that is unique and great about FHU.
For this first entry, I think it’s appropriate to begin with an experience that laid the foundation for my time at FHU. That event is interface. In short, Interface is a program designed to help new students get acclimated to college life at FHU. It starts on Freshmen move-in day, and continues on throughout your entire first week at FHU.
Coming in to FHU as a scrawny little freshman all the way from Massachusetts (see picture of my first day), I knew very little about what to expect. I didn’t know anyone on campus except for a cousin of mine and, to be honest, I was terrified but excited. The best thing about Interface is that you have the opportunity to meet so many people that you’ll be spending the next four years of your life with. You are placed in a group with ten to fifteen other students and you have two upperclassmen leaders to kind of guide you through the whole event. It all starts off with an opening ceremony where you meet your group, and you better be ready to hit the ground running because it’s pretty much non-stop activity for three straight days until your classes start. You eat with your group, go to church together, go to Mid-South Youth Camp for ‘Interface Olympics’, learn about the ins and outs of FHU, go on a canoe trip, eat dinner at a faculty member’s house, and more. I remember that first night after moving in to my dorm, parting ways with mom, meeting my interface group and going throughout all of the nights activities, I was so tired that I didn’t even think it was weird that I was sharing a dorm room with a guy I had literally met just hours before.
Whether you’ve been coming to campus since you were in elementary school or you’re like me and you had barely ever set foot on campus before, Interface is an awesome way to experience your first week at Freed-Hardeman University.