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My Freshman Move-in Day

Moving-into college is a big coming of age milestone. Even though, I didn’t move in until August 22nd, I spent most of the summer trying to figure what I would need to buy for my dorm and what moving in would be like. No amount of googling could have prepared me for my very own move-in day at Harvard, a place I never imagined I would get to.

The days before move-in were spent in perpetual excitement. Move-in day arrived and it was a large family affair. We all drove up with a family friend. The car ride felt so long and so short at the same time, and when we got here, the campus itself and the surrounding area were full of people. While we were waiting to drive into Harvard Yard, I passed a few people whom I remembered from Visitas, the admitted student weekend. It was so nice to see some familiar faces! Funnily enough, my dorm, Grays Hall, was the only building that I remembered because I stayed there during Visitas as well, so we had an easy time finding where I was supposed to go.

Grays Hall

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of the website of the Freshman Deans Office

Above: This is where I lived!!!

I met so many people on move-in day. I specifically remember the PAFs (Peer Advising Fellows) sitting on the stairs in the front of the building, welcoming us to campus. Looking back, it feels unreal. Everyone was so excited and parents were making sure that their children had everything. It is virtually impossible to recreate the atmosphere of move-in day.

Fast-forward to the evening when my family left. I was high off of the excitement of the day, so it wasn’t until I went to bed that it sunk in that I wouldn’t see them again for a while. Of course, there are video calls (and we do that a lot), but it still feels different. Even so, everyone around me was going through the same thing (and some moved in without their family present), and we bonded over that. Although I was nervous about meeting new people, throughout the two weeks before classes started, I met so many people in my dorm and Annenberg Dining Hall. I realized that everyone is really in the same boat; we’re all trying to make new friends!


Annenberg Dining Hall
Above: This is where freshmen have all of their meals.

I’m looking forward to welcoming the incoming freshmen this August!

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Hello, my name is Fatima Mbaye and I am a rising sophomore. I will be living in Pforzheimer House starting in the fall. I am planning to concentrate in Mathematics with a secondary in Computer... View full profile

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