St. Scholastica Welcomes Freshmen to Campus

Baihly Warfield

September 04, 2015 10:32 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Vehicles passing through St. Scholastica's main gates were met with cheering students wielding cow bells and vuvuzelas Friday, welcoming freshmen students to campus.

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St. Scholastica's Welcome Week intern, senior Jena Gales, said that she saw more excitement than nervousness from the freshmen she greeted.

"I think it's great to have people like us doing things, making them feel comfortable and welcome," Gales said. "So I think it's a lot of excitement, a lot less nervousness."

Freshman Tyler Hakamaki did admit to having a few butterflies, though.

"I'm a little nervous about all the classes I have to take," Hakamaki said.

There were plenty of upperclassmen on hand to help freshmen and their families unload and bring everything up to their dorm rooms. Gales' recommended packing list was simple.

"Your books, fan, and a good attitude I'd say," Gales said.

If a new student forgot a dorm essential, however, Jane Wattrus, a biology professor, probably had it covered with her "Donate, Don't Dump" program. Wattrus sets up areas for students to donate their gently used dorm items or she and her student team will dumpster-dive and refurbish their findings to re-sell garage sale-style.

"Everything's inexpensive, but usable," Wattrus said. "And convenient, you don't have to drive it a long way."

While Friday marks the beginning of a college journey for the freshman, it marks the final year in St. Scholastica President Larry Goodwin's higher education career.

"It will have been 18 years that I'll have been president here, and it's been a wonderful calling," Goodwin said. "It's time for the school to look at new energy and new leadership, and time for me and my wife to get to our bucket list."

He said his favorite part of greeting an incoming class is hearing about why they chose the College of St. Scholastica.

"They'll say things like, 'It just felt right when I came on campus. People smiled, they looked me in the eye. The halls were clean, the grounds were well kept.' They give kind of affective, emotional answers," Goodwin said.

Gales came up with her answer to that question quickly.

"I think I chose St. Scholastica mostly because of the community," she said. "The community makes you feel super comfortable. You walk down the hallway, you say hi to people you know, you kind of know. It's not uncomfortable, which is really important."

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Baihly Warfield

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