Col­lege wel­comes new students

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Bradley Sch­legel

Sharon Beam spent last Thurs­day morn­ing help­ing her twin daugh­ters move into their dorm room at Gwynedd-jercy Col­lege.

“f’m los­ing my ba­bies,” said Beam, fight­ing back tears. “Both of them at the same time.”

Beam said her girls, Kristy and Shan­non — re­cent grad­u­ates of Soud­er­ton Area Se­nior High School — de­cided to live on cam­pus to meet new peo­ple.

“We wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence col­lege life,” Kristy said from inside her sec­ond-floor dorm room at Loy­ola Hall. “We’ve never had to make friends be­fore.” “This is ex­cit­ing,” Shan­non said. Sharon Beam and her daugh­ters didn’t have far to travel to par­tic­i­pate in the cirstvear Stu­dent jove-fn aay Aug. 2P. She says they live ap­prox­i­mately a half-mile from the col­lege.

“ft will be hard not to jog over here to check up on them,” Sharon said.

Kristy and Shan­non Beam were among the 21R fresh­man and new students who par­tic­i­pated in the manda­tory event, ac­cord­ing to gohn serdi, the col­lege’s as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of res­i­dent life.

He said the event — which in­cluded mu­sic, free food and booths pro­vid­ing in­forma- tion on stu­dent ser­vices and the col­lege’s alumni as­so­ci­a­tion — marked the first of a manda­tory three-day sem­i­nar for in­com­ing students.

“ft’s very im­por­tant,” said serdi, adding that the in­for­ma­tion will help students sur­vive aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially. “There’s a lot of in­for­ma­tion to di­gest.”

serdi lead the students on a first-year ex­pe­ri­ence class at P p.m. last cri­day. He said the class — re­quired for all in­com­ing fresh­men — teaches time man­age­ment, goal set­ting and of­fers tips for aca­demic suc­cess.

Classes for all Gwynedd-jercy Col­lege students be­gan jon­day, Aug. 2T, ac­cord­ing to spokesman An­thony Stipa.

The pained faces of the in­com­ing students head­ing into Loy­ola Hall, ac­com­pa­nied by their par­ents car­ry­ing lug­gage and push­ing carts loaded with filled con­tain­ers, looked fa­mil­iar to Ni­a­sia ca­ble, a ju­nior psy­chol­ogy stu­dent at the col­lege.

“They’re not sure what’s go­ing on, or where they are go­ing,” said ca­ble, po­si­tioned near an en­trance.

ca­ble and sev­eral other re­turn­ing students wear­ing pur­ple T-shirts vol­un­teered their time to of­fer guid­ance to the new students.

“We’re here to help,” said ca­ble, a New vork City na­tive. “An­swer any of their ques­tions. The main thing is that they want to find their room and get set­tled.”

Photo by GE­OFF PATTON

An­gel Smith, right, passes the line for the el­e­va­tor while help­ing her fresh­man son, Luke Brown, move into his dorm at Gwynedd-Mercy Col­lege.

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