Drops of rain did not dampen the spirits of the class of 2017 as they were welcomed to campus on Move-In Day by the Meredith College community. Incoming first-year students were greeted by the traditional balloon arch over Main Campus Drive and crowds of exuberant volunteer student leaders blowing whistles, banging pots and pans and carrying signs with welcoming messages.
This was the third year senior Ashley Green volunteered to welcome students. “Move-In Day made a big impression on me, and I want incoming students to have the same experience,” she said. “It lets them know that we care about them and are excited that they’re here.”
Residence Life Director Heidi LeCount noted that students weren’t the only ones exhibiting their excitement. “I am seeing a lot of Meredith Mom and Dad shirts,” she said. “It’s fun to see parents having pride in Meredith.”
LeCount also said this year’s event had a special energy, which she attributed to the College’s new brand, Meredith College | Going Strong. The brand was introduced to student leaders and volunteers earlier in the week. “They seem energized by Going Strong, and are excited to share that message with the incoming class.”
As the new students transition into life at Meredith, they are surrounded by a supportive network, which includes their Resident Assistants (RAs). Heilman Residence Hall RA Kat Myers, ’16, is doing her part to give residents a strong impression of Meredith on Move-In Day.
“It’s important for new students to see a smiling face when they arrive,” she said. Myers does her best to make her residents feel welcome and to answer any questions they may have. “I want them to have a positive experience.”
Associate Director of International Programs Liz Yaros, ’06, hopes that Going Strong will empower Meredith students. “The world they’re moving into will require them to capitalize on their strengths, and Meredith College is a great launching pad.”
About the Class of 2017
Approximately 420 freshmen make up Meredith's newest class. Members of this class come from 19 states and 18 countries, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, China, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
The Class of 2017 includes 40 honors scholars, and more than 180 students in the IMPACT Raleigh program, which includes students from Wake County and out-of-state students who provide service and work each semester in their new home of Raleigh.
Meredith is also welcoming 33 students to the second class of Meredith College Teaching Fellows. After participating in the NC Teaching Fellows program since 1987, Meredith launched its own program in 2012 when the statewide program was phased out.