Class of 2000
For Flores, David Lee, Christina McCarroll, Ameen Khalil Saafir, Josia
Lamberto-Egan and about 1,600 other freshmen, the first day of college is a blur
of mundane details and life-changing events. They have packed their bags and are
moving on away from home, away from their parents and friends away
MILENA FLORES: I was here in August
for 10 days with the team.
Im not as wide-eyed
as other freshmen.
Flores takes a brief look at the orientation schedule for the coming days and
tosses it into her backpack. She is forced to skip the presidents
talk because she has to go to the conditioning session
with some of her teammates. But she will attend an afternoon gathering at El
Centro Chicano, a campus community center for Latinos.
After scheduling a time to meet with her mother later in the day, Flores heads
toward the gym on a metallic blue mountain bike that she received as a
Her parents, who didnt attend college, are more excited than sad about
eldest childs departure.