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Freshman Move In Brings Life Lessons

Bora Fezga

Freshmen, their parents, and their belongings filled the Yard last week as the Class of 2014 arrived on campus and moved in to the dorms in Harvard Yard.

From facing long lines for hot food in Annenberg to calling home for instructions on how to do laundry, the freshman class of 2014 has quickly learned that the awkward introductions and silly questions are just a part of settling in.

Although each freshman may handle the transition to college life differently, their learning experiences mirror those of Harvard classes from throughout the years.

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO

In a freshman class of just over 1600, the adjustment process began with meeting new classmates. Or at least trying to.

“I think that there’s a mutual understanding between all freshmen that forgetting someone’s name is completely forgivable,” said Margaret W. Fulham ’14, a resident of Mower. “After you meet them again, you’ll remember their name, so it’s not a big deal. Nobody gets upset if you forget their name.”

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Godwin O. Abiola ’14, whose entire high school in North Carolina was only 1200 students, was amazed at the Harvard’s diversity

“There’s a whole bunch of schools that are diverse—here it goes beyond those that flaunt that they are diverse,” Abiola said. “When schools flaunt that they’re diverse, they mean racially diverse. Here, it’s diverse experiences.”

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

For some freshman, the excitement of moving into a new dorm was tempered by the dorm’s distance from Harvard Yard itself.

Justin To ’14 said that he was initially unhappy to find out how far his assigned dorm Greenough was from the freshman dining hall.

“At first, I was disappointed because I heard nightmare stories about the walk to Annenberg,” To said, “but it’s not that bad.”

But To said that he was not particularly fond of the dining hall food anyway.

“The food in Harvard Square compensates for it,” To said.

THE FIRST LOAD

Other freshmen were struggling with washing their first load of laundry—without the help of parents.

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