August 11, 2008, marked the first day of my first semester as a freshman at ABAC. I did not know where I was going, I did not know any of my professors, and I honestly did not know what I wanted out of ABAC besides a two year degree that would move me right on to my next stop. As a freshman I felt much like the way Stanley J. Baran discusses the cultural stereotype of Americans in Introduction to Mass Communications Media Literacy and Culture when he writes “perhaps we are dolphins in a sea full of fish” (p. 11). During my first year of college, I was just a freshman in a school full of college students. Holding convocation for a gym full of college freshmen serves the purpose of bringing together a specific culture – ABAC freshman – and communicating the excitement of being a part of both this culture and this campus.
After graduating with an associate’s degree, I moved on from ABAC to a bigger school. I quickly realized that I missed ABAC every single day, so I began to search the ABAC website to find a way I could get a bachelor’s degree from ABAC. As soon as I read about the Rural Studies program, I knew where I wanted to be. Now that I’m back at ABAC I see the importance and excitement of being a part of ABAC from a senior’s viewpoint. As a freshman I just wanted to get in and get out. As a senior I see the excitement those speakers at convocation had when they discussed ABAC and the freshmen students’ role as part of ABAC.