The Honors College Welcomes the Class of 2013
Sunny skies. Mild temperatures. Light breezes. Gangs of smiling upper-class Honors College students mobbing cars to help first-year students unload suitcases, ironing boards and mini-refrigerators.
It would be easy to understand if members of the Honors College Class of 2013 arriving for move-in day at University Heights North on Friday, August 28, 2009 thought they took a wrong turn off I-89 and instead of ending up at the University of Vermont they ended up in heaven.
It wasn't quite heaven, but move-in day for the incoming first year students was smooth, well-organized and welcoming. Students started arriving with parents and U-Hauls in tow as early as 7:30 in the morning, and they were greeted by their residential staff and 30 Honors College sophomores, juniors and seniors that came back to campus early in order to help their younger classmates get settled in. By 11 a.m., vehicles were lined up almost to Main Street, but Honors College students, parents and staff teamed up to unload the oncoming cars with NASCAR-like efficiency.
At the end of the day, the 156 students that will make up the Honors College Class of 2013 were moved out of their parents' cars and into their rooms. They met their RA's and chatted with their new roommates before heading off to take part in the plethora of activities, information sessions, and barbeques that the university offered for all incoming students during their first weekend on campus.
Unfortunately for the barbeques, the postcard perfect weather did not last for long. First-year Honors College students ducked under umbrellas and jumped over puddles as they made their way over to a reception in the Fleming Museum on Saturday. The event was part scavenger hunt and part group bonding for the new classmates. Students were divided into teams centered on their HCOL 95 class and released into the museum to answer questions on the early American artwork that adorned the walls. It was the first time these students worked together, thought together, and pushed each other to examine issues from a new perspective. The exercise invigorated the first year students and served as a valuable warm-up exercise that will lead into their semester of examining "The Pursuit of Knowledge."
The Class of 2013 is the fifth class to enter the Honors College, and the 152 students is the second largest class that the college has seen. The University of Vermont reports that this class is smart; on par with last year's class which was considered to be the smartest class ever to enter the university. The class is also diverse; the university also reported that the Class of 2013 was the most diverse class it had ever received.
Honors College students will be in a position benefit most from the most diverse learned environment UVM has ever offered. Over 20 percent of incoming Honors College students are ALANA Students. And as President Dan Fogel told the class in his convocation speech, "Your diversity promises to make the UVM community richer. Your academic excellence promises to make the intellectual adventure in our classrooms and laboratories deeper. Your originality, commitment, and energy promise to shape this University and make us stronger."
As summer turns to fall, that promise is already underway in the Honors College. Photo gallery of Fall Opening Activities
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