Class of 2019 Receives Rousing Welcome
What was that cheering sound across campus the past two weeks?
The incoming Class of 2019 received a rousing welcome from the Orientation Team as they arrived on campus for two sessions last week and this. There were 930 members--or 94%--of the new class and their parents who attended the two Orientation sessions, coming from all over New England, as far away as California and Washington, and internationally from Columbia, Jamaica, Haiti, Singapore, Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and Congo!
"This attendance rate is the highest we have has since we began tracking, with the Class of 2014," said Kamala Kiem, assistant dean of students and director of Student Programs & Leadership Development.
All around campus, almost 100 New Student Leaders and members of the Orientation Support Team worked with staff to help the “first-years” orient themselves to Fairfield and have a great experience. They got to know each other in small groups that met multiple times over the two-day sessions.
A lot of important business was accomplished during their time on campus. There were opportunities to talk to faculty and staff, find out more about the Core, and see residence hall rooms. StagCard photos were taken through the two-day sessions, and by the end of the afternoon of the second day the new class registered for their fall courses.
Michaela Conlon ’19 said she was anxious coming in to Orientation. “Throughout the day, my anxious feeling turned to excitement as I met new people and learned even more about what the school has to offer,” she said. “I registered for classes, which I was nervous about since my major is undecided. However, the staff and fellow students… were happy to help me and were so supportive…. I really look forward to spending the next four years at Fairfield.”
After a welcome from Fr. von Arx, parents also had the opportunity to explore the campus and get a feel for where their sons and daughters will be when September rolls around. There were sessions on academic planning and curricula in the various schools, life in the residence halls, financial planning, and more—as well as small group Q&A meetings.
Families came together at a Community Mass on the afternoon of the first day, followed by a social, where they were able to meet some members of the faculty and administration and, of course, other parents and students from the Class of 2019.
All in all, Orientation 2015 was a successful preparation for the transition to college for the Class of 2019. As Mike Conlon, P’19, said, “The cheers from the students as we arrived on campus brought tears to my wife’s eyes. What a welcome! Michaela can't stop talking about it.”