Constructing a new football stadium and science facility is a positive announcement, but concerned students may find themselves wondering how these developments will affect their campus activities.
The truth is the construction on a campus our size will probably be inconvenient. The campus will be torn apart. It will be noisy, and parking might be difficult. Some classes will be displaced, and the construction, like all construction, might feel like it drags on. Frustratingly, some students will graduate before they are able to enjoy the benefits of these completed facilities.
But in the midst of the dust, bulldozers and general hassle, we should remind ourselves that it is worth it.
Whether you see this project finished or not, it is an investment in your future and the future of the university. These projects will have tremendously positive impacts on ACU’s campus academically, socially and in the athletic sphere. The more credibility ACU has, the more credibility your degree has, and the addition of a football stadium and science facility will go to great lengths in building ACU’s reputation.
So yes, the construction of these complexes will be rough. It’s going to be a nuisance and it will probably not be fun when all you can see is our once-beautiful campus being torn to pieces. It will be easy to lose sight of the long-term goal. But we can suck it up. We are lucky to be at ACU during such an exciting time as the university moves into a higher caliber of athletics and academic achievement.
The long-term effects of this project will make our university a better place to attend and visit and give our degrees more value. When looked at from the right perspective there are no negatives. This is good for the university and what is good for the university is good for the students, even if we don’t reap the immediate benefits.