A Meredith Welcome for the Largest Freshman Class

On Saturday, Aug. 15, more than 480 freshmen got their first taste of what is in store for them as the newest members of Meredith’s friendly community.

Click here to view a slideshow of images from Move In Day.

From cheering seniors who greeted the new students at the front drive to the young alumnae board who handed out cold drinks, Meredith’s entire campus community came together on Move-In day to welcome the students to their new home.

Senior Meghan Laurin was among the group of upperclassmen who met the line of cars, cheering and banging pots and pans. She said she appreciates the opportunity to give a little back to Meredith.

“This is my favorite part,” said Laurin. “I love to be loud and help the students get excited—it was hard to get up early this morning, but it’s definitely worth it.”

Rebekah Shingleton, ’10, who was also on cheering duty, agreed.

“It gets the freshmen so excited and gives them confidence about moving in. It helps them know we really want them here and makes a great first impression,” said Shingleton.

Other students involved in welcoming freshmen were student advisors, RAs and members of the residence hall association. One such member, Raschelle Harness, ’11, said this class is special to her in part because her Lil’ Sis is moving in.

“It’s great to meet the people I’ll share so many traditions with my last two years at Meredith,” said Harness.

Athena Lisane, ’11, and Laura James, ’11, are part of a new welcoming team at Meredith, “Angels on the Move.” These students provide essential support where it counts—helping students move in all of their belongings. James said she remembers her own Move-In day.

“I was excited but it was also hard and somewhat overwhelming. We try to ease the pain a little bit,” said James.

Parents and alumnae were also on campus to help greet the new students.

Jim Lee’s daughter, Carolyn, graduated from Meredith in May 2009. Lee said he was here to talk to parents, answer their questions and give them a sense of what to expect.

“Meredith College did a lot to help my daughter in addition to her formal education. Now I want to pass it on to other parents,” said Lee.

Young Alumnae Board member Taylor Newberry, ’05, echoed Lee’s desire to “pass it on.”

“I remember everyone who spent time welcoming me and what a difference that made—I want to do that for the next generation of Meredith students,” said Newberry.

Director of Admissions Cristan Trahey Harris said she is grateful to the entire campus community for all of their efforts to welcome the largest freshman class in Meredith history.

“The excitement of this day is always contagious,” said Harris. “We’re looking forward to another great year!”

Date Submitted: 2009-08-15

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