Who can believe that summer is almost over and our new freshman class will be moving in on Thursday! This is truly one of my favorite times of year on the college campus. Seeing our new freshman move in and all the rest of the students back after the quiet summer is great! I hope the class of 2018 is ready to begin their college journey with move-in day and orientation.
Those students not already on campus for various reasons you will join us bright and early on Thursday morning and can begin checking in at our registration tent at 8:00a.m. Once you are done checking in, our staff, faculty, students, and alumni will help you unload your car. That’s right; we will help move all of your stuff into your dorm room. This is our way of saying welcome to the Alvernia family!
Our commuter students will join us a little later, but are expected to participate in the rest of the day on Thursday and throughout orientation weekend.
If you have any last minute questions on Thursday, you can check in with most of our offices on campus including student financial planning, student billing, the bookstore, and the health and wellness center, to name just a few.
Make sure you don’t miss your class picture, after which you will move on to the opening convocation. Next on the schedule will be our presidential reception and a time for you to say goodbye to your family. This is always a time filled with good food and tears as you have a chance to say goodbye to your parents as you continue on your college journey.
Now that you are on your own you will meet your first year seminar class and your OWL, or Orientation Weekend Leader. Our OWL’s are returning students who have volunteered to help out with leading our freshman students through this weekend’s orientation. Dinner comes next, and after one last meeting, a few awesome activities will keep you busy throughout the evening.
All students are required to attend events the rest of the weekend; I have been sworn to secrecy on these events, but I promise that you will have a ton of fun. These events will keep you active, engaged, and meeting new people all weekend! The hope is that you will instantly feel at home on campus, your new home away from home. You will get your full orientation weekend schedule on Thursday morning when you arrive on campus.
If at any point you need help or have any questions throughout the day, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the staff, faculty, students, or alumni that are helping out. We want to make this an enjoyable experience for both our new students and their families.
Make sure to take it all in, and enjoy every moment. You will only have one freshman orientation, and I promise you it will be a fun, action packed time!
See you all soon!
-Christopher Fake-Admissions Counselor