Move-In Day 2014

A little construction never hurt anything. First-year Women’s College students successfully unloaded their belongings, moved into their new dorm rooms and began a weeks worth of welcoming activities on Brenau’s Gainesville campus Wednesday, August 20, despite the construction of new sorority houses down Prior Street.

“We’re going to have empty nest syndrome now,” joked John Kosater of Macon as he helped move in his daughter Madison, a political science freshman. Kosater said it’s a little sad to see Madison move but it’s a reward knowing she is “off chasing her dreams.”

After moving in and lunch, Pearce Auditorium was abuzz with excitement as the first-years gathered for Student Orientation. Despite the gloomy weather outside, the incoming freshmen were aglow with smiles and high energy as they and their families became acquainted with the faculty and staff at Brenau during the 2 p.m. question-and-answer session. Afterward, while parents toured the Sellars Gallery, the freshman broke into groups led by resident and peer assistant students, who educated them on the Brenau experience and led them in spirited cheers.

“Today—our hype, our enthusiasm—sets the tone for the rest of the year” said Casey Slaughter, a senior in the nursing program.

The sun made a punctual return as students and parents continued outside for the traditional opening ceremony, the freshman donning their new Brenau T-shirts and coming together as a unified class. With a proud parade through the Daniel Pavilion, the students walked down the historic front lawn to the steps of Pearce Auditorium for their class picture, memorializing the Class of 2018 before heading off to the dinner party at Hopkins Dining Hall.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting new people and knowing that this is a good environment. I’ve gotten the sense from being here that as a student I’ll be able to focus [on my studies], not have so much stress, and the smaller class ratios will allow more one-on-one time with people,” said Jessica Stanley, a freshman in psychology.

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