It’s funny how many different associations you get out of such a simple string of words as “seven days,” or maybe even “one week.” If you’re a horror movie fan, maybe you immediately think of the eponymous and chilling phrase from “The Ring.” If you’re up on your late nineties television, you’ll probably jump to the TV series of the same name. If you’re a Barenaked Ladies fan, you’re most definitely familiar with their hit song, “One Week” (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that song?).
At this point in time in the Whitman College world, however, seven days refers to something so much cooler than all of that, so much more exciting. Seven days, as of today, August 22nd, marks the final one week countdown to August 29th, and if you’re a new student, if you’re the family of a new student, or if you’re just super excited about the start of the Fall Semester like we are, you’ll know that August 29th is Move in Day.
That’s right: MOVE IN DAY!
In seven days, the Class of 2017 will be hitting Whitman College, all of their worldly belongings in tow. They’ll be moving in to their new rooms, checking in to their residence halls, meeting their RA’s, their new roommates, their section-mates, and starting to really discover the campus at large. They’ll be starting a process that all of us in the Whitman College Office of Admission have been working towards and holding our breath for, that of joining the Whitman College student body.
This past week has been an exciting reminder of what is to come, with a growing flurry of activity all around campus, hints and stirrings of the gathering storm of activity. RA’s have been meeting and preparing to greet their new residents. More and more students are being sighted around campus, some of them prepping for their Scrambles, some of them returning students eager to be back. Here in the Admission Office, we’ve been getting excited to see many of the students we helped find this wonderful place – while it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, for us, Move in Day is a reminder of why we do what we do, a physical testament to the importance of admissions.
So, if you’re an incoming student reading this, if you’re a high school student still searching for that perfect college, if you’re a parent, a family member, an alumni of the college… Be excited! The Class of 2017 is about to embark on an incredible voyage, fraught with the perils of late night study sessions, of a touch of homesickness, and of challenging coursework, filled to bursting the whole while with the excitement of a new place and a new chapter in their lives just beginning to unfurl. Move in Day is a first step, the beginnings of a rising tide of activity and education which will soon be sweeping us all along, new students, old students, professors, families, and college staff included.
All in all, I would definitely say that it’s pretty exciting.
Join us next week as we take a closer look at the move in process, and exactly how much excitement and hard work it all entails!