PHOTOS: Midyears, transfers arrive at Brandeis

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midyears moving in

Photos/Mike Lovett

Frigid temperatures didn’t interrupt the hustle and bustle of midyear and transfer move-in on Sunday, Jan. 7 as the newest members of the campus community arrived for orientation and the start of their Brandeis careers.

Brandeis' family grew by 127 over the weekend; 105 are midyears and 22 are transfers. Together, the new group of students comes from eight countries and 20 U.S. states. 

Despite a wind chill that plunged outdoor temperatures into negatives, Orientation Leaders (OLs) – bundled up in bright, sapphire-blue sweatshirts – cheerfully assisted their new classmates with moving into their rooms in the Village Residence Halls, gave directions and directed traffic.

“It was a flashback to my own midyear orientation when it was also really cold,” said midyear orientation core committee member Izzy Stork ’18, who is from Atlanta. “It came full circle for sure. It’s an adjustment for the non-New Englanders. The OLs were great troopers in the negative-degree weather with that wind chill, and the move-in itself was really smooth.”

OLs have planned a variety of activities and events for orientation, which lasts until the spring semester begins on Jan. 10. Orientation is designed to help new students adjust to college life and learn about Brandeis and its academics, resources and culture.

Midyear and transfer move-in day, which marked the start of the orientation program, consisted of student-focused talks and panels with staffers from Public Safety, the Health Center, the Multifaith Chaplaincy and Student Financial Services.

“We want to expose the new students to everything they can get involved in while here at Brandeis,” Stork said. “It’s crazy, the amount of possibilities for what you can do. We also want to show them what our community is like, and that you can be yourself and still really grow and experience new things.”

Sunday afternoon’s events began inside the Shapiro Campus Center, with the convocation ceremony “Brandeis Beginnings,” including a special welcome from President Ron Liebowitz, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Sheryl Sousa and Dean of Students Jamele Adams.

Following the convocation, the students said goodbye to their families and set out to join the campus community and begin their Brandeis experience.

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