Sunday morning may have been a quiet, uneventful day in the middle of a holiday weekend for most people. But it was moving-in day at Union College, as freshmen and other first-time students at the college excitedly moved into their dorms on an overcast morning with help from older students who had once been in their shoes.
Residence halls opened at 9 a.m. for the move-in, and all morning long cars pulled into the campus. Students were lugging bags and suitcases around, often getting assistance from younger siblings and parents.
Upperclassmen Elizabeth Cilia, Margot Cosgrove and Ava Berg were directing cars in and out of the parking lot by Nott Street.
Greeting the new students on move-in day was bittersweet, the trio admitted.
"It's the final push," said Cilia, who will graduate in May.
Other orientation leaders and residential assistants played music for students outside the dorms that they were moving into, frequently pausing to give directions.
Christa Guerrier, a senior who was welcoming students into West College, a residence house on campus, said there could still be a rush of incoming freshmen later in the day.
"Welcome to West!" Bonelyn De Los Santos, a sophomore who was working with Guerrier, said to drivers in cars arriving at the dorm.
Orientation weekend offered a number of other programs to both incoming and returning students to take part in after they were moved into their dorms.
After getting their pictures taken for student identification cards, freshmen could attend a lunch for the class of 2022 to meet peer leaders, a panel on the introduction to the LGBTQ campus culture and a description of resources and classes that cater to the LGBTQ community on campus, a panel detailing what the next four years will hold for students, and a panel for international students, among other things.There were also many activities going on all day that students could enjoy with their families, including a family tea in the library, and a program that provided information to parents about life at Union College.
There was also a welcome ceremony later in the afternoon by Union College President David R. Harris, who is in his first year as president after replacing the retired Stephen Ainlay. Earlier in the day, Harris greeted new students and their parents and gave a hand with their belongings.
Sunday's activities concluded with a pizza dinner for the campus community.
Union College has approximately 2,200 full-time students with more than 100 clubs and over 200 faculty members.
Orientation weekend will continue with more programs on Monday as students continue to move on to campus, with open houses in October.
Guerrier though, who started work early in the morning, was ready for the long-haul and rapid-fire lineup of activities that were coming with move-in weekend and the start of classes after the Labor Day holiday.
"I'm here until noon," she said, waving at more cars.