I remember what I wore my first day of classes at MSU. Not much of an accomplishment since my weird party trick is remembering what I wore on any given occasion. I remember biking through campus, carefully following the route my best friend’s boyfriend had mapped out for me. I remember what the halls smelled like. I remember being super sweaty (nerves and a late-August heat wave), I even remember keeping my eyes open for any potential husbands (after all, college is where you meet “the one” right?) I remember my family making the trip to East Lansing that evening to treat my roommate and me to dinner at the Harrison Road House. I love thinking back to those first few weeks on campus. My roommate and I (friends since eighth grade) decorating our dorm room in everything purple we could get our hands on. Taking long walks to Grand River to eat carbs (high school was over, we could splurge) and buy Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam posters for our bare walls. I remember the thrill of opening our books to study, when it was still a novelty. “Look at us, we’re college girls!” I think the thing that surprises me the most about those first few weeks of college is that they took place 14 years ago. (I almost choked writing that). At the time I never imagined 14 years later I’d still be eating at the same bagel shop or referring to college kids, as well, kids. But here I am. Living life in the Capital city, right next door to the place I actually learned to live life. Perhaps it is because I loved my time at State that I love being just a few miles away from campus, and starting this fall, I get to enjoy it even more. Recently, M3 Group — the full-service branding agency that publishes this magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly — purchased ing Magazine. The publication, started after I left the banks of the Red Cedar, focuses on student life, arts and entertainment. The magazine is run by students. M3 Group will focus on ad sales and help the students and their professors perfect the publication. Best of all, it’s a chance for me to create new MSU memories. I’ve spent the summer trying to recall what college life was like so I can better relate to our readers, but after 14 years, I have a lot to remember. Fortunately, I’ve got a great memory.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.