Ex­cite­ment abounds as 4,300 UD fresh­men ar­rive on cam­pus

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Thou­sands of fresh­men moved into Univer­sity of Delaware dorms on Satur­day, em­bark­ing on the first steps of their col­lege ca­reers.

“It’s shock­ing, but I’m re­ally ex­cited,” Kai­lyn Broughton, an in­com­ing fresh­man from Middletown, said as she set up her dorm room in the new South Academy Street Res­i­dence Hall. “I can’t wait.”

The Ap­po­quin­imink High School grad­u­ate is ma­jor­ing in bi­ol­ogy with the ul­ti­mate goal of go­ing to med­i­cal school. She said she was ex­cited to meet new peo­ple and get to know her pro­fes­sors.

How­ever, Satur­day was bit­ter­sweet for Broughton’s par­ents, grand­mother and younger brother, all of whom were help­ing her move in.

“It’s a sad day, but a good day,” dad Jef­frey said. “We’re ex­cited she chose UD. She’s close to home but still has in­de­pen­dence.”

Broughton joins ap­prox­i­mately 4,330 other stu­dents in what is UD’s largest fresh­man class in his­tory. About 4,000 of those fresh­men are liv­ing in dorms, while the rest live in the area and will com­mute to school.

Up­per­class­men will move in Sun­day and Mon­day, and by the end of Mon­day, a to­tal of 5,700 stu­dents will have moved in on cam­pus. Thou­sands more are re­turn­ing to off-cam­pus hous­ing.

UD Pres­i­dent Den­nis As­sa­nis and his wife, Eleni, spent Satur­day in the res­i­dence halls, greet­ing in­com­ing stu­dents.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing, be­yond be­lief,” As­sa­nis said as he stood in the lobby of the South Academy Street dorm. “It’s glo­ri­ous weather — a good move-in day.”

Up­stairs, nurs­ing ma­jor Ni­co­lette Cole was set­tling into her new dorm room.

“It’s crazy,” the Brick, N.J., na­tive said. “It still hasn’t hit me yet.”

Cole looked at sev­eral col­leges but quickly de­cided on UD after vis­it­ing the cam­pus.

“I just fell in love with it,” she said. “The cam­pus is beau­ti­ful, it’s the per­fect size and there are so many op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved.”

Cole is ex­cited — for “lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing,” she said — but her fam­ily was a little more con­flicted.

“My mom shed a few tears on the way in,” she said.

Cole and her room­mate, fel­low nurs­ing ma­jor Marisa Probst, met each other through Face­book and had a chance to meet up over the sum­mer.

Probst, from Flemington, N.J., said it was nice to ar­rive and see a friendly face.

“I wasn’t re­ally ner­vous be­cause I knew Ni­co­lette,” she said, adding she’s look­ing for­ward to meet­ing more new peo­ple. “There’s a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to have new ex­pe­ri­ences here.”

Noah Het­rick, of Ne­wark, is ma­jor­ing in bi­ol­ogy and mi­nor­ing in marine bi­ol­ogy and Ja­panese. He chose that unique com­bi­na­tion be­cause he wants to go to Ja­pan to re­search how ra­di­a­tion from the 2011 Fukushima nu­clear dis­as­ter is af­fect­ing the ocean.

After grow­ing up a stone’s throw from cam­pus, the Del­cas­tle High School grad­u­ate said choos­ing UD was easy.

“I al­ways had a feel­ing I’d end up go­ing here,” Het­rick said. “I looked at other schools but quickly set my sights on here.”

That was wel­come news for his par­ents, Jen­nifer and Dave Gar­rett.

“I feel com­fort­able with him here,” Jen­nifer said, jok­ing that she can stop by and visit when­ever she wants. “I might not even cry. I though I would, but I might not.”

“It’s a proud time,” Dave added. “He fi­nally gets out on his own and sees how the real world works.”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

In­com­ing Univer­sity of Delaware fresh­men moved into their dorms Satur­day morn­ing with help from fam­ily mem­bers and stu­dent vol­un­teers called Blue Hen Helpers.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Noah Het­rick, an in­com­ing Univer­sity of Delaware fresh­man from Ne­wark, poses with his fam­ily in his dorm room in the South Academy Street Res­i­dence Hall on Satur­day.

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