Join the Pack

Welcome students

Kat Kerlin is the RN&R Special Projects Editor

Welcome to the fourth annual issue of Join the Pack.

Most of us here at RN&R know what it’s like to be a new college student. In fact, most of our staff knows what it’s like to be a new student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

You’re probably lost, wandering south on Virginia Street when you intended to go east toward Evans Street. You’re likely excited—out of the house, away from the parents, as close to on your own as you’ve been. We also imagine that you’re strapped for cash, looking for a strong burst of energy to keep you studying, and wondering if dating in college is different from dating in high school (it is).

We know, we’ve been there. We want to help. We’ve given you a map and all the vital phone numbers you need, like the Crisis Call Center and Jimmy John’s sandwiches. We have articles full of good advice, along with our particular dose of sass, irreverent humor and straight-up, quality information you can come to expect from Reno News & Review during your time here.

Our writers aren’t making this stuff up. Erin Granat, Ben Garrido, Katie Palani and Daniel Riggs are all either students or recent graduates of UNR. And Matthew Craggs and I, while we attended school elsewhere, are well-acquainted with the intricacies of college roommates, dinner courtesy of Lipton noodles, and that mystery of all true knowledge seekers: “What the hell do I want to do with my life?”

While we empathize with the trials and tribulations of the new college student, don’t think we pity you for a minute. The friendships, the time to explore your mind and your lifestyle, the mistakes and the learning from them—they’re all there for the taking.

Take them.