I love the day new students arrive. We all know they’re scared and kind of shell shocked, so the people who organize these first few days go out of their way to make everything incredibly upbeat, and it’s infectious! Now I’m utterly exhausted, but it’s been a good day.
Here’s how it went…
These students dance and cheer at the entrance to campus all day, and particularly when anyone walks or drives past them. I’ve decided that I love being cheered as I step onto campus. (And they said they loved me! *sniff*)
The Northfield senior center owns this popcorn stand, which usually sits in downtown Northfield. Today they moved it to sit right in front of the student center and handed out free popcorn all day.
I led a tour of the library for students and their families. Here’s one of the brand new spaces that I think I’m going to really love. Comfy couches. Tables and chairs. Big screens to plug your laptop into. It’ll be grand.
There are several other places in the library that got updated with similar trappings this summer. I can’t wait to see how they get used.
Then I took my turn staffing the Welcome Tent. Students check in, get their room keys, get ethernet cables (from the IT people at the table next to us) hear about the library (we hand out trading cards that match their Fall term classes), and generally get all of their arriving-at-campus information in one place.
After all that, I hid in my office and frantically made research guides. I figure you don’t need a picture of that. :-)