The Meredith College community put on a major welcome for the Class of 2020 during Move-In Day on August 19, including the massive balloon arch and cheering crowds of students that are Meredith traditions.
Sophomores and juniors now serving as resident assistants said the day brought back memories of their freshman year.
Katelyn Steadman, ’19, recalled how this Meredith tradition made her feel. “The best memory I have of that day was how welcoming everyone was and how comfortable it made me feel to know that I had so many people supporting me,” Steadman said.
Megan Lee, ’18, calls Move-In Day one of the most important days of the year for residence life staff. “I was up bright and early helping the rest of the residence life staff prepare everything to welcome the incoming class,” said Lee, who believes “the feeling of community at Meredith starts in the residence halls, and it is the resident assistant’s job to foster that feeling.”
In addition to students, staff, and faculty, parent and alumnae volunteers also helped to welcome students. Parents Council member Susanne Newman wanted to help create the same sense of community for new students that she and her daughter felt during their Move-In Day.
“So many people from different areas within Meredith put their time and effort into the Move-In Day experience,” Newman said “It is a day-long, multi-faceted welcome that is absolutely genuine. Meredith is a long lasting community that is happy to have you join it.”