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Students change idea of Baylor

April 29, 1997

By Melissa Harlow

Lariat Reporter

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, but finals and summer vacation aren't the only things on students' minds these days.

As students begin to pack up their last loads and begin journeying homeward, they also carry with them a mix of emotions.

Seniors are graduating, juniors are on the verge of their senior years, and freshmen are finding they've survived their first year of college.

A recent unofficial campus survey shows college is an emotional time of endings and beginnings, spanning from the moment a student enters college until graduation day.

Chances are, for whatever reason a student came to the University, the ideas and attitudes they carried upon entering have more than likely changed.

For those who have chosen the University because of its size, the latest statistics show, according to Ceylon Hood, coordinator of administrative services.

The campus enrolls 12,391 students, 3,151 freshman and 2,819 seniors. These larger groups are opposed to the 2,210 sophomores and 2,166 juniors enrolled at the University.

'I chose Baylor because I wanted a good academic school, not too big and not too far from home,' said Bernadetta Maira, a Texas City junior.

Upon entering the University as a freshman, Maira admitted, she was a little nervous.

'Most things have stayed the same and there have only been a few changes, but I'm finding I grow a little wiser each year,' Maira said.

If location played a major role in school choice, of the 12,391 students enrolled, many will escape the joy and anticipation of a long road trip home since 9,579 of them reside in Texas.

'I came to Baylor because it is close to home, and there's something about the environment that grows on you. I can't believe my freshman year is coming to an end,' said Zohra Momin, a Houston freshman. 'Since last fall, I've become more organized, I'm too busy for a social life and the BIC program demands dedication and lots of hard work.'

Students not from Texas will more than likely travel to one of the top five most-represented states at the University.

About 286 students will head to California, 254 to Oklahoma, 165 to Louisiana, 157 to Arkansas, 148 to Missouri and 301 to foreign countries.

Many students who were contacted said the University's academic standing and reputation were part of their decision to attend.

'I feel very academically challenged at Baylor and was nervous coming in as a transfer,' said Yasmin Jumabhagat, a Dallas junior. 'But things have changed. Many people I've met here have supported and influenced me and are a part of my success and happiness at Baylor. Finally my senior year and graduation are just around the corner.'

Being a part of the University means being a part of the holistic approach to education. The mental, physical and social aspects are undoubtedly present at any university. If not for location, size and academics to lure prospective students, many have come for reasons of religious affiliation.

The spiritual aspect is what some students said sets the University aside and reputed unlike any other. For many, the spiritual aspect is enough to lure anyone from overseas or across the country, from places as far as Japan and Africa, and states such as Washington or Kentucky.

'I chose to come to Baylor not only because it is close to home, but also because it is a small Christian university,' said Shiela Cervone, a Killeen sophomore. 'I still become stressed over my grades but am more comfortable with meeting new people and am getting more involved in activities outside of the classroom than I did as a freshman.'

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