Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students have returned to campus to embark on their next academic year. Summer flew by and the upcoming year holds many new opportunities for students on campus. Students always find it difficult to say “goodbye” to the graduating senior class, but with “goodbye” comes “hello” to the new freshmen class.
Move-in weekend is a stressful time for all students, but especially for freshmen and their parents. With emotions running wild about leaving home, moving into a small dorm room and meeting a new person as a roommate, the day can seem very overwhelming. To ease the stress, SMUMN recruits some of their own athletes and students to help freshmen move in and make them feel welcome.
Like many colleges, SMUMN realizes that this is a hard transition for freshmen. To ease the tension, after new students have everything unpacked, they are whisked away on a day full of activities, such as becoming acquainted with the campus and playing name-learning games to meet other students and members of the Residence Life staff. By the end of the day, everyone is tired and ready to settle in for the night.
For most of the upperclassmen, on the other hand, the night has just begun. After spending the whole summer, for some, without seeing their friends, the “moving in” process seems to come in second place to catching up with old friends and making plans for the night.
Some of those plans include heading out to watch the ever-anticipated “Oldie Moldies” performance in the plaza. Due to weather conditions, this year’s performance was moved to the game room, but that didn’t stop people from coming.
“There’s nothing like music to bring people together and start the year out right,” says student Lauren Streich. “Plus who doesn’t love listening to a little ‘Brown Eyed Girl?’”
With week two beginning, students are settling into their daily routines and just like that the year will be in full swing. The activities fair is just around the corner and students will have the opportunity to sign up for over 70 active clubs and organizations. The fair will be held in the Plaza from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2.