Welcome back fellow Owls. As someone who lives in Keene over the summer, I can honestly say this city is not the same without you around.

During the summer, I can walk the streets of Keene at any time of the day and scarcely ever see a fellow student. I can spend my days visiting the few places in Keene where students rarely venture even during the school year.

I can fish at Goose Pond, take a walk at Robin Hood Park or even drive out to Surry Dam without a single interuption. I might recommend taking a visit to the Surry Dam, it has the best views in the whole area, in my opinion.

When the students are gone during the summer, these sort of activities and Keene itself become a more tranquil experience and one that I enjoy immensely. Unfortunately this experience only lasts for a few short summer months. Keene is a totally different town without students here.

As students begin to arrive back on campus for the year you can feel the change, from peaceful solitude to the lively atmosphere the neighborhoods surrounding campus have during the year. This is especially apparent on the first Thursday night of the year.

This night is often dubbed “the best night of the year,” and with good reason.

As a senior, I have seen my fair share of outrageous scenes on that first Thursday night back. Year after year, the first Thursday night of the school year always seems to be the night everyone remembers.

Nothing tops my first ever Thursday night in Keene when I saw a KPD car end up in the middle of the roundabout on Main and Winchester.

Having everyone back on campus makes for a really eventful school year; I know I have had my fair share of experiences over the years. But I have to admit hearing Ke$ha and Katy Perry blasting out of speakers at party after party can get a little draining after awhile, if you know what I mean.

This year I am one of the lucky student employees who has the privilege of working the Thursday midnight shifts.

On my way home this week I couldn’t help but notice that things seemed to be a little quieter this year than in years past, leading me to believe that either the students have learned to take it a little easier or the more plausible solution, KPD has stepped up their enforcement.

I was informed the next morning that I was correct in assuming the latter to be the cause.

This leads me to say be careful out there and use some common sense. Don’t walk outside with a drink in your hand and if you plan on doing something illegal, please for all that is holy, don’t flaunt it. In reality most of us could care less how desperately you want to identify with Bob Marley.

Always remember that the Keene Police are there to keep you safe, they are not your enemy, but your friends.

Remember to stay calm and responsible when dealing with them.

For all of our newest additions to campus, I say welcome and prepare for the best four years of your life. The welcoming and friendly faces on campus, from Gordy at the DC to our sometimes awkward but always enjoyable Owl, will help make this place feel like home in no time.

A wise teacher once told me “Your worst days in college will be far better than your best in high school,” and from my experiences, it has seemed to ring true, no matter what your particular brand of fun happens to be.

Whether your ideas of a good time involve hanging out on Blake, Wilson or Davis, or simply staying in and watching a movie, every second of it will be fantastic.

So welcome back fellow students, Keene is just not the same without you.


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