The day has come. We have packed up our cars, said our hardest goodbyes and finally drove off toward our next four years – college. As over 3,200 students ventured onto the UNH campus, you could feel the energy and excitement in the air. The ‘Cat Pack was walking around campus getting everyone pumped up for the long awaited move-in day and gave everyone a taste of the pride that UNH has for their school. Main Street was alive with the enthusiasm and nervousness of freshman students living on their own for the first time. One by one, as students were directed in the right direction toward their appropriate dorm buildings, they received their student I.D.s and are now officially UNH Wildcats!
Before I left my house on the morning of move-in day, I was a complete mess, but my anxiety about moving into college completely disappeared the moment I got onto UNH property. This year I am living in one of the SERCs, and I feel as if I lucked out on move-in day because my dorm isn’t all freshmen, which made the day a little less hectic. Although I have some pretty nice advantages compared to the other dorms on campus, I am in a built-up triple suite. I was a little apprehensive about living with 4 other people when I first got my housing assignment, but now I’m really happy about it! My roommates/suitemates and I are very similar in most aspects and I felt like we already knew each other when we met on move-in day. Most freshmen have trouble adjusting to living on a college campus and sharing their room with a complete stranger, but I think that, again, I lucked out. So far it is only my third day on campus, but I feel like I can already call UNH my home.
Once all of the freshmen got settled into their dorms, it was time to take our class picture. I know that we are the largest incoming class in UNH history, but you really don’t realize what over 3,200 people look like until you are all on T-Hall lawn together for the first time. It was amazing to see that so many people were part of one single grade, especially coming from a high school where my graduating class was a little over 300 students. A few parents were still roaming around campus (or stocking dorm rooms with snacks like mine were), but once we said our final goodbyes, UNH Freshman Weekend was finally underway.
After we had our first night on campus, we had events to go to such as the Pep Rally where we learned all about the different traditions at UNH — we even completed our first tradition – “Pat the Cat.” I was overwhelmed by the amount of energy that students have for UNH, but that just made me even more proud to be a part of this diverse, unique and welcoming Wildcat Family. It still feels so surreal that the school year is finally here and to say that I am a little bit nervous for classes to begin is an understatement. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.” I’m beyond excited to say that I am a UNH student and I can’t wait to carry on a sense of pride for our school wherever I go.
Here’s to the next four years and welcome to Wildcat Country, Class of 2018!