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