Having a productive college experience on Lafayette's campus means that the students have to learn to get involved. Starting from the first week of class freshman year through the last days of Senior Week, Lafayette students have to learn to balance their academics with their social lives, jobs, and extracurricular activities. Nothing quite comes easy—almost everyone has to start from scratch, find a niche, build up a circle of friends, and pick and choose courses until they decide on a major. But the experience is wildly rewarding. While on campus, students get the opportunity to foster meaningful relationships with a plethora of people. Friends and floormates, co-workers and team members, professors and administrative staff—there are many connections to be made and sustained, many moments to cherish.
While in school, Lafayette students might complain about the workload. The pressure to maintain grades while still being active in different clubs, sports teams, and/or organizations can be daunting at times. There are expectations to be met. Obstacles can come in the form of a challenging curriculum, failing relationships, and demanding professors. In spite of these challenges—or maybe because of them—Lafayette students learn to be well-adjusted, well-spoken, savvy young men and women by the time they graduate. Students leave campus knowing that they picked a place that challenged them intellectually and shaped them socially. At their five-year, 20-year, or 50-year reunion parties, Lafayette students will find familiar faces and relish memories.