Over the last couple of weeks a few T’14s have asked meabout the rigor of the first-year curriculum. My response:  challenging anddemanding but fun.  Yes, I said it, fun.  There will be some days that are hard but Irecommend enjoying the ride.  I don’tthink there is a need to get into a lot of detail about the first year curriculumbecause I think the new class will figure it out just fine.  My advice, however, is to keep it all inperspective.
When the days are tough, and long, try to remember theexcitement you felt when you received your acceptance call.  If all else fails, there is also theexcitement of not having to take the GMAT/GRE again. If you are still troubled,then just think, it could be worse.  Youcould be a second-year.  That’s right,second years will have a harder time compared to first-years.  Am I talking about the curriculum?  Not really. I’m talking about parking.  Yes,parking.  Let me show you.
This is the first set of stairs from the second-yearlot.  
Can you see the top?  Good, because this comes next.
 
Just when you think you are done you get this.
Are you done climbing? No!  What?
 
That’s right:  over180 steps four or five days a week once or twice a day. You do the math.  My hometown isat sea-level so this is going to give me altitude sickness.  The only thing that is going to get methrough this climb day after day will be a dream.  One day I will run to class and as I’m aboutto start my climb hundreds of men, women, and children will be running behind me.  Once I get to the top, everyone will crowdaround me chanting my name.  This will beso legendary that Tuck will have no choice but to remember that day with a statue:
 

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