Riding for home
At the welcome event, Hannah Gonzalez ’23, president of Conn’s Student Government Association, encouraged the new students to embrace not only the many opportunities they will have to learn and grow, but also the people they will meet along the way.
“When I look back on my fondest memories from the beginning of my college career, I remember my favorite classes and extracurricular activities, but most importantly, I remember the Camels who made my journey at Conn complete,” she said.
“My favorite aspect of Connecticut College is its community—in our home of many Camels, we are truly one herd.”
Dean of the College Erika Smith Erika Smith told the students that like many of them, she was drawn to Conn by Connections, which she called “an exemplar of integrative education.” She invited the students to experience the culmination of seniors’ four-years of integrative learning at the fourth annual All-College Symposium in November.
“I expect you will leave that experience intrigued, inspired and determined to find your own path, beginning on the journey to find the question that lights up your intellect,” she said.
“We are so excited to have you here, and can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’ll do.”
Over the next several days, the new students will learn more about Connections, meet with their team of advisers, register for classes, and get to know each other and the faculty and staff of the College. The extended “Welcome Weekend” will culminate Monday, Aug. 29, with Convocation, a celebration of the opening of the academic year. Rodmon King, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, will deliver the keynote address, “The Choice is Yours.”