On the first day of class in the Department of Animal Science each year, Professor Billy Flowers asks the students in his intro class to do something simple: write down where they’ve been, where they are and where they hope to go.
He then collects the surveys and puts them away – until four years later.
At graduation, every Animal Science senior who attends the department ceremony will find a single sheet of paper full of memories waiting on their seat.
“It’s incredible for students to get that back at the end of their time here, because most of them have no memory of what they wrote,” said Todd See, head of the Animal Science Department. “Students love it.”
We spoke to a few of these students at spring 2019 graduation to hear their reactions to their first-year predictions. It was, as you can imagine, pretty emotional.