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Hitting the Hill

Hitting the HillThe Class of 2012—with parents and luggage in tow—descended upon campus for move-in and Matriculation ceremonies.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [08.29.08] On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Medford/Somerville campus saw its annual influx of U-Haul trucks, out-of-state license plates and piles of luggage. To those in the know, that means only one thing: the Class of 2012 has arrived.

The 1,302 members of Tufts' 153rd entering class spent the sunny day dispersed all over the Hill, from box-filled dorm hallways to the President's Lawn luncheon to the annual Matriculation ceremony on the Academic Quad. Many members of this year's freshmen class sought to get a head start on what excited them the most about arriving at Tufts-making new friends.

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"I'm looking forward to meeting new people, being in a new environment and starting a new life," says Alex Bob of Pittsburgh, Pa.

With students coming from all over the country, and the world, the move-in process was a hard task for some. For Carolyn Pace, preparing her trip from Boise, Idaho, meant having a scale take up temporary residence in her family's living room, constantly checking the weight of her extra-large suitcases to assure she stayed within the airline limits.

"I'm looking forward to the good friendships and relationships with professors and students that I will hopefully make," Pace says. "And to all of the spontaneous moments."

Parent Ann Burns, whose daughter Jess is a member of the incoming class, says she was impressed by the efficiency of the day's activities.

"Jess is our fourth child to go off to college, and this has probably been the smoothest move-in we have seen with all four of our children," Burns says. "It's been terrific."

Audio slideshow: Matriculation Day

As they lugged box after box into their new homes away from home, many students said they were anxiously awaiting a feeling of independence.

"I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and also gaining independence, living alone, away from my parents, and just the responsibility that comes with that," says John Millock of Albany, N.Y.

"I don't think I'll get homesick really, but it will be different without all my friends from high school and living at home," says Katie Steckel of Washington, Mo.

Senior Mayur Pillay, an orientation leader who helped new students and parents throughout the day, says watching the freshmen move in was a blast from the past.

"It's kind of fun to see how nervous all the new freshmen are, and their parents, and than remember how I felt on move-in day," Pillay says. "I try to reassure them that freshman year really is a great time, and that they will make friends and the whole thing isn't as crazy and chaotic as today."

Profile by Kaitlin Melanson, Web Communications and Hayden Reich (A'09).

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