by Genevieve Beaulieu, Aviation Management ’15

It’s almost hard to believe that summer is gone and school’s here again! I’ll give you the rundown on what I did during this amazing summer in later posts, but I just want to start off with how awesome it is to be back on campus. Moving all the freshmen in with the rest of Greek life was tiring, but so worth it. I remember last year when I showed up dreading having to carry my bags up the stairs to my dorm (hey, when you fit your whole life for a year into a few bags, they’re going to be heavy), and then in the blink of an eye, Greek life members whisked my bags away into my room for me. It was just so easy after traveling here all the way from New Hampshire and running around at orientation all morning. It was pretty cool to be on the other side of that this year and tell all the freshmen and their families pulling up, “Hi! Welcome! Just pull right up here, go around to the table to pick up your key, and while you’re doing that we’ll bring up all your things to your room for you so don’t even worry about a thing!” Of course, the families loved hearing that, just like mine did a year ago.  I’m so glad everyone moving on campus gets that friendly first impression of Greek life too.

As much as it was rewarding, it was also tiring. So, at the end of our four hour morning shift, a little group of my sorority sisters and I jumped in a truck and headed to one of our favorite places, Old School Pizza! If you’re reading this and have never been – it’s pretty cheap, quick, good pizza, calzones and appetizers, along with some other specialty items. Best of all, it’s right in the middle of campus in Panther Plaza (behind the Clemente Center facing Babcock St).

After that I went back to my new room to unpack a bit more, went to a sister’s house to practice our skit for part of recruitment, then went with a friend on an all-important trip to Target to get some little things for around the dorm. As you can see, this was a pretty eventful day for just my second day back this year. I can’t wait for the rest of these first few weeks to roll out so I can write up some tips on things like moving in, things you’ll need that you might look over until you need them, how to maintain (or introduce) a healthy lifestyle in a college environment – you know, all the little things that I learned after a full first year through experience that I can now pass on to all of you.

It’s good to be back!

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