As a new class of freshmen arrived on campus last week, there was one common greeting from faculty, staff, upperclassmen and signs across campus: Welcome home.
With a steady flow of cars down Hinsdale Street and Route 700 throughout the morning, football players, staff and resident assistants helped the Class of 2018 and their families as empty dorm rooms quickly became new homes. After getting settled in, the day of firsts continued: They gathered as a class for the first time at their official welcome, attended their first Colloquium course and then celebrated the end of the first day with a square dance, inspirational talk and dance party.
New Student Institute continued throughout the weekend with more Colloquium meetings and parties, Colloquium dodgeball, a variety show, off-campus excursions and more.
Born in 1995 or 1996, members of this year’s freshmen class were in their first few weeks of kindergarden when the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks shook the world. To them, celebrity “selfies” are cooler than autographs, nicotine has always been recognized as an addictive drug, Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S. and “good feedback” means getting 30 likes on their last Facebook post in a single afternoon. (Courtesy of the Beloit Mindset List)
View the day in social media below, or view a gallery of photos on Flickr.