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Warm welcomes all around

10:13 AM  Aug 24th, 2014
by Caroline Glynn ’16

While many members of the Class of 2018 moved to campus from a few hours away, some come from much closer — or farther — than others. This afternoon, as a part of New Student Orientation, both commuter students and international students participated in meet-and-greets, each complete with icebreakers and ice cream.

Joe Milton ’17, a student leader for the NSO Commuter Student Welcome, said that commuter students comprise about 28 percent of this year’s first-year class.

“Our main goal for the commuter student welcome is to get students to interact with each other and to encourage them to seek on-campus jobs and clubs. We want them to know that conversations with their on-campus peers don’t have to stop at the topic of housing,” Milton said.

As a commuter student and a music therapy major, Jennifer Meier ’18 said participating in marching band has helped her dive into the UD community.

“I’m most excited about getting involved with more musical groups on campus. I play five instruments, but I’d really like to join a vocal group here,” Meier said.

Similarly, NSO leaders also encourage international students to find clubs and groups that interest them. International students can also visit the Center for International Programs and participate in trips sponsored by the International Club.

Tian Tian ’18, a business major from China, said she’s most excited about the intramural sports on campus.

“I’m looking forward to getting involved with sports, because I didn’t have time to participate in sports at school in China. I’d like to learn how to play lacrosse, but volleyball also sounds fun,” Tian said.

Whether students come from near or far — or somewhere in between — the UD community welcomes them.

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