This is my third year at Freed-Hardeman University. I have been an Interface leader twice, given campus tours for a year and a half, and worked at Mid-South Youth Camp for three summers. I’ve gotten to this point where there isn’t much about this university that I don’t know. Anyway, freshman move-in day is one of the most wild, exciting, and tiring days of the year. This year, however, move-in day was a whole new ballgame.
A friend and I were asked to leave our assigned dorms and travel to Jackson to pick up a transfer student who was coming from out of town. She was scheduled to arrive at 10:55 a.m., but ultimately it took a while longer. When she finally arrived and got in the car, we started on our way back to the great town of Henderson. We began with small talk (siblings, pets, weather), and then we talked about Tennessee. She had never been south of Missouri; she had never been to Tennessee! Not Memphis, not Nashville, and obviously one wouldn’t end up in Henderson on accident. She honestly had no idea where she was going. She seemed nervous because she had no clue what she was getting into. Not only had she not seen the school, but she also informed us that she didn’t know a single person there. She was about 15 minutes away from moving into a school she had never seen.
I was in shock. I had 15 minutes to tell her everything: dorms, curfew, intramurals, churches, chapel, sports teams, meal plans, and Interface. A completely blank slate was in my car, and I had to make her fall in love with FHU in 15 minutes. How do I describe this school? I decided to start with where I live. Just as I was getting done telling her all of my dorm stories, we arrived to campus. The faculty served lunch in the Commons, so we ate before she began to move in. As we walked through the freshly remodeled Commons, her excitement was unlike anything I had ever seen. She was walking fast, asking questions, looking around at the old and new buildings. I love this university, and I was really hoping that it would be to her what it is to me. After asking me what felt like 100 questions, the girl looked at me, smiled, and said, “I think I’m going to like this place.”
The theme for Interface was “Home Sweet Home.” To future students and freshmen, that probably makes you uncomfortable. To me, “Home Sweet Home” is the only way to describe it. Freshmen, Welcome Home.
About the Author
Brett Simpson, from Knoxville, Tennessee, is a junior exercise science major. In addition to being a Makin’ Music host for 2016, Brett is involved in his social club, intramurals, and campus devotionals. He loves FHU “because it’s so easy to know people on campus. The small student body is really close knit.”