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Opening Reflections

Opening ReflectionsWe asked returning undergraduates about the highlights of their first week back on the Hill.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.21.09] We've heard a lot about the freshmen who arrived on the Hill for the first time a couple of weeks ago, but what about returning undergraduates? We asked them about the highlights of their first week back on campus. 

"Having been abroad in London for a year, my favorite aspect of being back has been getting to see everyone. I still haven't been able to get over the fact that I haven't been on campus for a year, and now suddenly I'm inundated with overstimulation. It's a good kind of overstimulation, though. I forget how nice everyone is at Tufts. It's great to be back to a place where everyone is really friendly all the time." - Thomas Burdette (A'10), quantitative economics major, from Baltimore, Md.

"This year, I'm an R.A. in Houston, so it's been great because it feels like my floor is really close. My first hall snacks [event] was a real success: we had Hershey's Kisses, Reese's, and salsa and chips. Most of my residents came - something like 25 out of 30. So far, no one's hiding out in their rooms, so I think that's really great!" - Tanisha Howell (A'11), child development major, from Bronx, N.Y.

"The highlight of my week has been reconnecting with Tufts through TuftsLife, the Tufts website, and all of the postings around campus. I've been finding out about all of these events that I haven't been able to enjoy while I was abroad for a year. For example, through TuftsLife I found out about Alan Dershowitz speaking, and I also attended the Hillel barbecue the other day." - Xavier Malina (A'10), political science and international relations major, from Aix-en-Provence, France

"It's nice to be back and be outside mingling and talking to people. Unfortunately, I have to go back inside because I have class for the rest of the day." - Sara Matasci (A' 12), international relations and environmental studies major, from Maui, Hawaii

"So far, I'm really enjoying being a senior, since a lot of my classes are now seminars as opposed to the bigger introductory classes. It feels great to really get into the material in a small classroom environment." - Leah Meller (A'10), history and international relations major, Santa Barbara, Calif.

"It was really great to come back from having been abroad last semester in Hong Kong, and seeing people on campus, some of whom I hadn't seen in over a year... It's been great to catch up with old friends. There are some people I still have to see, but I've run into almost everyone I know by now." - James Rogers (A'10), international relations and economics major, from Bangor, Maine 

"The best moment since being back has been a combination of rejoining the best social scene of my life, seeing old friends and moving into my new house." - Nathan Rosenberg (E'10), mechanical engineering, from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

"The highlight of my first week back was getting situated back into my dorm and organizing my room with my roommates. I put up a ton of pictures of friends and family all over my wall, as well as a ton of posters. I finally feel settled in." - Katherine Tang (E'12), biomedical engineering, from Chelmsford, Mass.

Interviews by Charlotte Steinway (A'10). Photo by Winslow Martin for University Photography.




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