This isn't her father's college anymore at least not all of it.

After taking my daughter, Claire, to a tour of what looks to be her future college, I was amazed at how much has changed.

Most of the Wayne State College campus in Nebraska looked familiar. I could see myself walking from the dorms I roomed in to the buildings where I took classes. A few memories came back that made me remember what it was like to be back in college and what a great time it was.

I thought back to the old friends I met at college and the good times we had.

But there was much that was unfamiliar.

There were buildings I spent little if any time in because my major took me to other buildings and other classrooms, but on last week's visit I got a chance to see them.

The buildings and classrooms I did frequent while in college resembled little of what I remembered them to be.

The journalism department, which housed a computer or two and used floppy disks, now featured a bank of computers. Also gone were the long nights of trekking to the local newspaper office to design the paper. Students now do it on campus.

But I could tell the camaraderie among the staff was still there.

Of course you expect life, especially college life, to keep in step with advances in technology. After all, colleges and universities are supposed to prepare students for the work world.

But after some 24 years away from college, the changes were impressive.

I had been around the campus a few times in recent years, noting some of the ongoing renovation, but had not seen it as close up as I did on the tour.

I saw the student union building that looked nothing like it did when I was there. When I was in college, the student union was a place to eat, buy overpriced books, grab a bite and check intramural scores.

Now it is a great hangout for students, where they can do all the above, plus receive a a variety of academic and career services. It appeared to be popular among students who were doing everything from eating to playing ping-pong to studying.

The classrooms we visited were modern and the teachers enthusiastic. The college pulled out all the stops, from a personalized agenda to individualized tours. You could not help but be excited about the school. I was excited about everything except the studying part, which was pretty much my life at college.

Now it is Claire's turn, and hopefully, she will enjoy all the new challenges and experiences.

It will take her some time to get used to sharing space with other students. No more going to her room for privacy or taking advantage of an empty house for some alone time.

My daughter also is used to long showers and will have to adjust to communal showers and dorms where there is constant activity.

And that will be just one of the adjustments she will go through.

No matter how much I tell her what it is like to be on your own, having to be responsible for all your day-to-day needs, Claire will have to experience it to fully understand her new life.

It will be fun and challenging and a big adjustment. I am excited and worried and mostly looking forward to how she warms to college life.

It is going to be the time of her life.

Patrick Murphy, of Columbus, Neb., is the former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.