MSU Welcomes New Students

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

"Today you'll officially become Spartans," MSU President Lou Anna Simon said at the "Welcome Convocation" Monday.

Monday the Breslin Center was full of hope, anticipation, and maybe just a few nerves.

It was the Welcome Convocation for MSU's newest additions, designed to get them acclimated to their new life.

"We're so pleased to have these students be a part of team MSU," Simon said. "They have extraordinary credentials, they also have the talent and the passion to help turnaround Michigan, this country, and the world."

President Simon said day two of Welcome Week is about making everyone feel apart of the community.

"You can never imagine fully what will happen in the future, but we just want to give them the skills to choose their path in life," she said.

To returning students, all of this is all old hat.

"Move-in was helpful being a sophomore and already knowing the tricks of the trade," Sophomore Amanda Sumerix said.

Sumerix was moving back in Monday. She said she remembers going to all the orientation festivities last year.

"It definitely helped me out getting to know the campus and all the stuff to do here," she said.

Fall Welcome doesn't stop at the Breslin. Each college and some student groups are holding meetings and gatherings.

Students can go online to get their personalized schedule for the week. The city of East Lansing, too, has resources on the web for those living off-campus.

MSU is ready, the students are set, but It seems some parents aren't quite ready to let go.

"It's overwhelming for parents," One mom said. "You put your kid on the biggest campus in the United States, and think really, wow!"

Classes begin for all students on Wednesday.

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