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tly how you feel because I am new here too,"
Coleman told the arena filled with approximately
She talked to students about what she called
the "dance" students must perform during col-
lege: One step forward, one step back and a side-
"Learning should be a joyful, exciting experi-
ence -not a dogged march from the first day of
class to a predetermined finish line or the first
day of your first job. Loosen up," she said.
"Explore those tangential paths while you have
Coleman advised students to be prepared for
the changes that await over the next four years
- in the world, as well as in their lives and
"There's a serious reason to keep your eye out
for diagonal paths in the years ahead. Whatever
your college and career plans may be now, you
cannot possibly predict how sharply your own
personal path may twist and turn," she said.
"Just think of your predecessors at this New
Student Convocation only a year ago - before
Sept. 11, before all these recent corporate col-
lapses, before the ground seemed to shift from
under your feet," she said. "Those students, the
Class of 2005, came here with a whole different
set of expectations and assumptions from yours.
Now some of them may be rethinking their
majors and career plans."
After hearing Coleman's speech, several fresh-
men said their first impression of Coleman was
"Learning should be a joyful, exciting experience - not a dogged march
from the first day of class to a predetermined finish line or the first day of
your first job. Loosen up."
-- Donald Hann
"I was worried she'd be one of those silent
types, sitting behind a cubicle," LSA freshman
Max Burgman said. "I was riveted to my seat."
Director of Undergraduate Admissions Ted
Spencer congratulated the class on their admis-
sion to the University, praising the students, as in
past years, as "the most talented class in the his-
tory of the University."
He also provided some statistics about the
Class of 2006, which hails from 70 countries and
1,400 high schools, and is 51 percent female.
Thirty percent of freshmen were elected to stu-
dent government offices; 25 percent received all-
city, league, county or state athletic awards; over
50 percent played a musical instrument, and over
44 percent performed in a facility the caliber of
Carnegie Hall; 28 percent received a community
service award; 50 percent worked for a high
school publication; and 10 percent started their
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