Lancaster, Pennsylvania College Days: Then and Now

Then and Now A TIME writer revisits the past during freshman orientation week at Franklin & Marshall

"Hi. My name is Jessica, and I'm from Havertown, Pa. I like softball, and I play the saxophone, the flute and the piano. I also have a tattoo." The small dormitory room erupts in whistles and whoops. "Where? Where?" Jessica draws out the answer for effect: "On my shoulder blade."

Getting noticed is the name of the game for a college freshman, and Jessica knows she has just scored a touchdown. I am nearly as fortunate. Like Jessica and the rest of the 20 new Franklin & Marshall students on my hall, I am attending a getting-to-know-you session called by my...

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