September 01, 2017 10:42 PM
A new generation of students were welcomed at two local colleges Friday. UWS and the College of St. Scholastica opened their campus for move-in day.
School officials on both campuses say they are pleased with enrollment again this year, and are excited to help students get ready for classes starting next week.
Upper classroom also help greet freshman as they made their way on campus and into their dorms. About 470 new students will be making St. Scholastica their home this year. Current students say the annual celebration is about helping their future fellow classmates start the school year off on a positive note.
"It definitely helps. I'm from a far away place and it helps for people that are from far away feel welcomed. They are away from home from their parents and they just get a new family atmosphere," said Andy Lawrence, a senior at the school. "The four years goes fast. I'm a senior, it goes by so fast so (I would tell them to) enjoy it the most you can."
At UWS, they will be welcoming in about 350 students for their Welcome Weekend. Many moved in Friday morning. That was followed by a parent/family send-off and reception.
"Students need to find their niche. They need to feel part of a community and that's what this really helps them do is to find where they fit in and find their place, and really get them set up for that success," said Jen Bird, Director of First Year Experience at UWS.
Fridays events at UWS consisted of large group energizers, and a chance to meet with facility staff and fellow students, followed by a weekend of other activities.
Classes officially start for both campuses next Tuesday.
Updated: September 01, 2017 10:42 PM
Created: September 01, 2017 04:33 PM
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