If you check out the AMU website, or visit the campus, you’ll get the facts and figures. We’re a strong, faithful Catholic school with great academics, located in sunny Southwest Florida. You’ll probably hear from everyone you meet that Ave is great, and we all love going to school here. What you won’t find anywhere else however, is why we love it here, what life is really like at Ave. The ups and downs, what it’s like to be a Gyrene.
They don’t tell you about that feeling you get driving down Ave Maria Boulevard on the first day of orientation, that you’re a bundle of nerves and excitement.
But they also don’t tell you that you should definitely do O-Team your sophomore year because orientation is even more fun from the other side.
They don’t tell you that the switch from orientation mode to school mode comes fast and it might just catch you off guard.
They don’t tell you quite how much of a challenge you’re in for, how you will probably find that most of your classes are more difficult than you expected, that there’s more reading in college than you had in high school, that your professors will push you to do your absolute best.
They also don’t tell you that your professors welcome questions and that they will help you through the transition.
They don’t tell you that you will get to know those professors on a personal level, and they’ll invite your class to their house for dinner or meet with you at the Bean just to chat.
They don’t tell you that you will spend an entire night listening to Dr. Yarbrough’s YouTube videos trying to translate your Latin homework.
They don’t tell you that you will pull all-nighters working on a paper, that you will fall asleep face first in your Western Civ book, that you will have to get up for your 8:15 class with only 20 minutes of sleep.
But they don’t tell you that there will always be someone else who’s working on their homework at 4 in the morning too.
They don’t tell you that naptime is the single greatest part of your day.
They don’t warn you about the giant yellow grasshoppers that are probably the scariest part about Ave.
They don’t tell you that prank wars are taken very seriously among roommates.
They don’t tell you that when a new pope gets elected, the entire student body runs to the Student Union to wait to see our new Holy Father and class gets cancelled the rest of the day.
They don’t tell you that you will learn the hard way to remember to bring your rain coat/umbrella with you to class, even when it looks like it couldn’t possibly rain.
They don’t tell you that running into the rosary walk for the first time on your way to the Café is a little intimidating.
But they also don’t tell you that once you do the rosary walk, you’ll find that its one of the most peaceful and powerful experiences on campus.
They don’t tell you that having 24/7 adoration, praise and worship, and daily Mass is just what you need when you’re feeling stressed.
They don’t tell you that seeing Father Bob ride by on his bike shouting, “God bless you!” to everyone he passes will make your day.
They don’t tell you just how seriously the student body takes Ave Idol.
They don’t tell you that you may end up sitting next to one of the basketball players in your calculus class and become study buddies.
And they don’t tell you that because of this, you’re not only cheering on your school at the athletics events, but also your friends and classmates.
They don’t tell you to prepare yourself to answer the question “so what is a Gyrene?” more times than you could ever imagine.
They don’t tell you that no event at Ave is complete without inflatables.
They don’t tell you that you might just meet your best friends in the entire world and get to live with them for the next four years.
They don’t tell you that McDonald’s tastes best when you take a midnight trip with your friends for McNuggets.
They don’t tell you that Wagon Wheel is Ave’s unofficial school song and will be played/sung at any given event.
They don’t tell you that having friends in other dorms is all well and good, until it comes to Dorm Wars…then all bets are off.
They don’t tell you that sometimes at dinner you’ll have intense theological discussions and sometimes you’ll debate which is the best Disney movie.
They don’t tell you that you won’t even get homesick because of your Ave family, and that it becomes your home away from home.
They don’t tell you to make the most of your four years, because before you know it you’re a senior and have no idea where the time went.