Follow forth as photographers Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo, and writers Doug Hubley and Emily McConville, allotment architect and belief from the Chic of 2021’s accession on Aug. 28.
While this time-stamp presentation is a amount of aloof 12 hours, Opening Day begins the acquaintance of a lifetime for acceptance and families.
It’s consistently a ambition that the admission chic should appointment a lint-free Apprentice Affairs staff, so Abettor Administrator of Abode Action and Bloom Education Molly Newton rolls a lint remover over a anorak sleeve acceptance to Administrator of Apprentice Action Blake Reilly.
Along with apprentice Acclimatization leaders, they’re apprehension arrivals to Chu and Kalperis halls, on Campus Avenue.
Meanwhile, about 200 yards away, first-year acceptance are accomplishing what they allegation to do first: advertisement to the Central Avenue admission of Commons for their official check-in.
They’re accession at the amount of about one per minute, estimates Jennifer Foley, an Opening Day advance whose day job is as accessory carnality admiral for academy advancement.
With a absolute handshake and “Welcome to Bates,” Foley greets the first-years and makes abiding they apperceive the assignment already they get central Commons.
An important aspect to her job, Foley notes, is ensuring that the new acceptance analysis in by themselves — and feel adequate accomplishing it — as their parents are directed against their students’ residences.
“It’s the aboriginal time kids are asked to do article on their own” at Bates, she says.
Early arrivers Barbara and Kerwin Charles, parents of Michael Charles ’21 of Valley Stream, N.Y., get advice from Michael Hogue ’20 of Chicago and Brielle Antonelli ’18 of Warwick, N.Y., as they move their son’s accessory into Kalperis Hall.
Hogue and Antonelli represent some of the array of apprentice leaders who angle in on Opening Day. Hogue will advance a accumulation of first-years on an alfresco cruise to Mount Blue in two days, while Antonelli will abetment new acceptance throughout the aing several canicule as an Acclimatization Anniversary Leader, or OWL.
Hundreds of Bobcats advice the new acceptance move in, including academy agents associates (i.e., the Acceptable Crew) and acceptance like this accumulation assuming on Campus Avenue: Acclimatization Anniversary Leaders (OWLs), AESOP alfresco cruise leaders, and apprentice associates of the Abode Action staff.
As cartage cull up to residences, apprentice Acclimatization leaders alight like a NASCAR pit aggregation to activate the unpacking.
Back at Commons, acceptance admission the four check-in tables in ones and twos. Conferences and Campus Contest agents are giving the first-years their allowance keys, apprentice IDs on lanyards, and stainless animate PRCs or Personal Reusable Containers — that is, acceptable cooler cups.
“There’s no aliment afterwards it.”
Kelly Perreault of Campus Contest has her discourse bottomward pat: Don’t lose the ID, she warns the acceptance good-naturedly. They’ll allegation it for architecture access, library privileges, and lath plan: “There’s no aliment afterwards it.” She additionally explains the PRC affairs and reminds the acceptance to hand-wash the mugs afore bubbler from them.
Brenda Pelletier, conferences and campus contest manager, estimates that about 150 acceptance accept arrested in so far, including one appropriate at the able of 7 a.m.
Wearing a Acceptable Aggregation T-shirt, Admiral Clayton Spencer greets Erin Bucki ’21 of Saint Paul, Minn., alfresco of Commons.
Security staff, cutting ablaze bright afterimage vests, absolute traffic. Various passersby — pedestrians walking dogs or branch to Merrill Gym, commuters in their cars, and food-laden tractor-trailers affairs into the lot amid the dining anteroom and Alumni Gym — add arrangement to the scene.
Moving over to Chu and Kalperis halls, Admiral Spencer greets the ancestors of Layla Dozier ’21 of the Bronx, with a affable admonishment about ancestor Andre Dozier’s Yankee gear. At larboard is Layla’s brother, Andre Jr., and her mother, Doris.
The aing ancestors to access at Chu and Kalperis is that of Solaine Carter ’21 of Tucson, Ariz.
“You guys are amazing,” says mom Beth Mitchneck, as acceptance in bittersweet shirts bound abandoned the minivan, again barrow boxes, bags, and a affected photo of Solaine’s dog to the additional attic of Kalperis.
It’s a decidedly able end to a continued drive. The ancestors larboard Tucson on Aug. 15 and anguish their way above the country, visiting friends, affair Solaine’s acquaintance in Nashville, and bottomward Solaine’s earlier sister off at alum school.
Solaine, alpha from her check-in at Commons, arrives at the dorm. The academy able her able-bodied for Opening Day, she says. “I’ll be like, ‘Mom! I don’t apperceive what I’m declared to do for X!’ And then, two abnormal later, I get an email about X.”
She’s attractive advanced to the opportunities Acclimatization affords her. “I’m absolutely aflame to accommodated new people, apprentice about myself,” she says, again active central to see her room.
At Kalperis Hall, Admiral Spencer joins the accomplishment to advice first-years move in.
Settling in, Jaimin Keliihoomalu ’21 of Kapolei, Hawaii, relaxes with his guitar in his allowance in the 280 Academy Street residence.
Jake Bart ’21 of New York Burghal acquainted the aboriginal morning chill, but describes his addition to Bates all-embracing as “nice.” His affection is “mostly action but a little nervous,” abundantly about alpha his aboriginal abiding breach abroad from home. In that vein, he notes, “Mom’s a little emotional, but Dad’s accomplishing appealing well.”
It’s too aboriginal to anticipate about a major. “I’ll try a lot of things and see area that leads me,” Jake says. And why Bates? “Mostly the vibe. Everyone’s actual nice. I saw myself here.”
At 280 Academy Street, Jim Guzelian, the college’s ecology bloom and assurance specialist, helps Hannah Lucas ’21 of New York Burghal abode risers beneath her bed as her mother, Elizabeth Lucas, looks on.
At Kalperis, Sommer Glasgow ’21 of Salt Lake Burghal unloads her family’s car with the advice of apprentice leaders, hauls aggregate upstairs, and starts to unpack, agreement a Keurig in a arresting place.
A few account later, two Junior Advisors acquaint themselves. James MacDonald ’20 of Quincy, Mass., and Kelly McDonald ’19 of Whately, Mass., (not siblings, they’re quick to say) acceptable her to the abode and to Bates.
As JAs who alive amidst a accumulation of new acceptance accepted as a Aboriginal Year Center, their job throughout the year is to drillmaster the new students, actualize activities for them, and advocate association standards.
But their better ambition today, MacDonald and McDonald say, is to accomplish the acceptance feel welcome. They’re greeting — and abating — families, answering questions, and allowance first-years get settled.
“I achievement they get adequate with campus so they’re not abashed or afraid to apperceive area they’re action and try new things,” MacDonald says.
In Kalperis Hall, Carter Ros ’21 of Hailey, Idaho, takes administration from his mother, Margo, in ambience up his room. He’s an ambitious Nordic skier.
At Wentworth Adams Hall, the balloons are swaying, “Adams Hall” posters displaying, music arena — the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive.” It’s all the accomplishment of the apprentice abode action staff, who are actuality in agog evidence.
Nevo Polonsky, coordinator of campus action and residential programming for Apprentice Affairs, explains that Junior Advisors are about in blow with the first-years in their allegation during the summer, so for the newbies, “it’s abundant added agitative to put a face with a name.”
He has apparent a quick affiliation of new acceptance into the fold, he adds, because there’s such a assortment of interests amid both the new and accustomed students. Because accepted interests are accessible to find, “a lot of admission acceptance accept already gotten affiliated to someone,” he explains.
By mid-morning on Alumni Walk, it’s a hub of action as acceptance move in at Parker Hall, the second-oldest Bates building, congenital in 1857.
Ruth Veleta and her bedmate are carrying Tom Hennessey ’21 of Middletown, Conn., to his address in Parker Hall. It’s not her aboriginal kid-to-college antagonism — her step-daughters are academy graduates — but it’s still affectionate of a wrench. “We’re aggravating to breach future-oriented and authority the tears till the end of the day,” she laughs.
Abra Kaplan ’21 of Oak Park, Ill., stretches to pin a Bates Academy banderole on the bank of her Rand Anteroom allowance with the advice of her father, Gary Kaplan.
Moms and daughters accommodated and accost in Kalperis Hall. From left, Elizabeth Fairman ’21 of Lathurp Village, Mich., her mother, Sarah Fairman, acquaintance Joselyn Jaramillo ’21 of Newark, N.J., and her mother, Nelly Jaramillo.
Jaramillo has been on campus for the able anniversary as a Bobcat First! participant. The night before, she access Fairman to analysis out their allowance on the additional attic of Kalperis.
Fairman aboriginal heard about Bates from her academy counselor, whose son is an alumnus. Aback she took a bout and backward overnight, she was addled by the campus’ adorableness and adroitness of community.
“They were so nice and so welcoming, and I admired the accent on the outdoors as well,” she says.
The move-in, and aggregate up to it, leaves Fairman’s mother pleased. She knows Bates will advice Elizabeth amount out what she wants to do, while actuality in the outdoors and authoritative friends.
“The one affair that we apparent in our searches is that we were attractive for her to acquisition her people,” says Sarah Fairman. “We anticipate she begin it here.”
Nancy Crate, mother of Will Crate ’21 of South Hamilton, Mass., pays for a blanket and bandana for Tucker, the family’s Jack Russell terrier, who all-overs for joy.
Staffing the banknote annals are Academy Abundance administrator Gail St. Pierre, and her daughter, Abrielle, 11.
The Ability Fair in Perry Atrium is an account of added than a dozen Bates offices and casework alignment from the Bates Career Development Centermost to the Sustainability Office.
We eavesdrop Multifaith Chaplain Brittany Longsdorf and the mother of a new apprentice discussing the eight banners apery apple acceptance traditions in the Peter J. Gomes Chapel.
One of the banners, a tree, represents the Sikh religion, Longsdorf explains, and the planet Earth stands for humanist or agnostic traditions. “So there are absolutely a few pagans, then?” the woman asks. “There’s not an official group, but there’s cogent interest,” Longsdorf replies.
Eliza Fischer ’21 of Chicago gets acclimatized in Kalperis Hall.
Out of arduous excitement, she woke up at 6:30 this morning. Allotment of a ample Bates accidental blockage at the Hampton Inn in burghal Lewiston, Fischer and her ancestors all acquainted torqued up by the momentous day ahead, but were able to achieve bottomward some over coffee and bagels at Forage, a wood-fired bakery and bazaar on Lisbon Street.
Fischer, whose bookish interests accommodate all-embracing backroom or ecology studies, visited a lot of schools, but was awash by “how nice and amazing the bodies are at Bates.” She’s afraid to be abroad from home for the aboriginal time, but added excited.
Prarthana Mocherla ’21 of Old Tappan, N.J., and her parents, Sunita Abraham and Pavan Mocherla, allocution with Paul Menice, acting administrator of aegis and campus safety, at the Ability Fair in Perry Atrium.
“My bedmate and I were aloof talking about how able-bodied things are going,” says Abraham, who’s demography a breach while Prarthana scopes out the fair.
Earlier, she recalls, “a accumulation of affably agog bodies affective her actuality and aerated it up to the fourth floor” of her daughter’s dorm.
Prarthana is an alone child: “I accept been bathetic and bathetic for the aftermost four or bristles days,” says Abraham. “I anticipate she’s aloof cat-and-mouse until 5 o’clock, aback we leave.” Joining the conversation, Prarthana says, “I’m fine. I anticipate it’ll hit afterwards they leave.”
Another ancestor encountered at the Ability Fair, John Shaw says that “it’s adamantine to accept how bound they abound up,” apropos to his son, Keaton Shaw ’21 of Middleton, Wisc.
The ancient Shaw explains how, aback in the day, he and his wife were allotment of a accomplice of adolescent couples who all confused into their adjacency in Middleton about the aforementioned time. Now those couples are acceptable abandoned nesters, and the aing annular of adolescent families is advancing in. Aback your kids are little, Shaw says, “cherish it. It goes too fast.”
During a abeyance in the affairs up of cars and the accepting out of boxes and the jostling for coveted elevators, the accumulation of acclimatization leaders at Chu Anteroom starts an ad-lib ball affair to “Eye of the Tiger.”
Grace Jurkovich ’18 of St. Paul, Minn., an OWL, has a aerial assessment of her task: “We accept the best job on campus appropriate now, which is absolutely to facilitate the fun.”
Today, the fun includes banquet in Commons and a haversack up Mount David. Afterwards this week, Jurkovich will advance a restaurant bout of Lewiston.
“All the first-years on campus are alike on the aforementioned afraid level.”
Amelia Wilhelm ’18 of Charlotte, N.C., a abode coordinator in Hopkins House who was Jurkovich’s first-year roommate, says their ambition is to get new acceptance out of their dorms and into the added Bates community.
“All the first-years on campus are alike on the aforementioned afraid level, so accouterment the programs to put all those bodies calm and get them interacting in whatever way they appetite to be interacting — I anticipate it’s a abundant system,” Wilhelm says.
Both Jurkovich and Wilhelm are afflicted by today’s weather, the first-years’ room-decorating skills, and the acceptable letters on the Chu Anteroom blackboards.
“This is a awe-inspiring developed affair to say, but I’m so aflame to move my accouchement into college, because what will dorms attending like in, like, 20 years?” Wilhelm says.
At the campus-facing admission to Commons, one sees ample blooming inflatable sofas and hears Cyndi Lauper singing “Girls Aloof Appetite to Accept Fun.” And one charge artlessly ask why.
It’s the OWL Hub: A one-stop alms from the Acclimatization Anniversary Leaders, a apprentice aggregation that has put calm amusements and recreational activities to advice first-years affluence accent and ample abandoned moments during Orientation. (OWLs T-shirt slogan: “OWL be there for you.”)
The Hub is the abstraction of OWL Allison Berman ’18 of Philadelphia. Aftermost year, she says, “a lot of acceptance capital a abode to adhere out, ask questions, acquisition things to do.” Hence the Hub, with its snacks, cornhole boards and added games, the sofas (which accepted actual popular, abnormally with assertive tapped-out dads), and, of course, Cyndi. It’s not aloof girls who appetite to accept fun.
Appetites aciculate by move-in work, athirst queues anatomy for the Ancestors and New Apprentice Barbecue.
On the menu: alpha bake-apple salad, brussels sprout panzanella salad, and cole slaw; for sandwiches, pulled chicken, pulled pork, and chipotle barbecued tofu with broiled vegetables; for sides, maple amber amoroso broiled beans, broiled corn, and abominable blah bread; and for dessert, whoopie pies in blueberry and vanilla.
Zhao Li ’21 of Guangzhou, China, and Rio Fujii ’21 of Tokyo accept staked out a atom beneath a tree. Anniversary flew 15-plus hours from their countries to Boston, again took buses to Portland, area Accessory Administrator of Acceptance for All-embracing Apprentice Programs James Reese best them up. They met in Commons this morning, bonding over an absorption in politics.
Li, who knew she capital to appear a advanced arts college, heard of Bates through a academy counselor, and activated aboriginal decision.
“I acquisition that it is academically able and I amount that in this school,” she said.
Accustomed to the high-rises of her home city, Li admired the conciseness of Bates’ buildings. Fujii, actuality for one year on the Hirasawa barter program, was addled by the artlessness of the campus — her home university in Japan is bankrupt to anyone afterwards an ID.
Fujii said she was aflame for the blow of the apprentice anatomy to arrive.
“I adulation campus,” she said. “I adulation people, so aggregate is good, but the affair is, I’ve alone met all-embracing students, so I absolutely achievement that spending one year here, I’ll acquisition bounded people, American acceptance to get forth with.”
A means away, Gift Kiti ’18 of Nairobi, Kenya, understands the new students’ nervousness. As a JA in Kalperis, she tries to accomplish move-in as bland as possible, affable the acceptance to Bates and administering them to the ability fair and Wal Mart as needed.
“I achievement they are accessible to anniversary added and accomplish abeyant friends, and they accomplish use of the opportunities actuality offered appropriate now to apperceive added about Bates,” she says. “But not to be too adamantine on themselves — aloof to accept fun.”
Across the Library Quad, Will Jaekle ’21 of Wilson, Wyo., and his parents, Laurie and Don, adore their cafeteria on a blooming slope. By the time he able blockage in at Commons, the Acclimatization aggregation already agitated his things to the anteroom alfresco his allowance in Rand Hall.
“They were absolutely fast. I saw my dad leaving, and I anticipation they aloof asked him to go acquisition a parking spot, and I’d accept to haversack it,” he said.
How is the ancestors action at this point? “Good,” says Laurie. “Good,” says Don.
“Nervous,” says Will.
Posing for an after-lunch account at the Chic of 1920 Gate are Adrian Azari ’21 of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., his father, Hamid, and mother, Christa.
Director of Contest Jason Fein snaps a selfie with the Cote ancestors of Wilton, Conn., afterwards his affable animadversion to apprentice athletes and their families at the Clifton Daggett Gray Able-bodied Building. Jackson Cote ’21 (center) hopes to row for Bates.
A built-in of Brooklyn, N.Y., Fein is a Bates newcomer, too, accession from Drew University on July 1. “We’re action through the aboriginal year together,” he tells the newest Bobcats. “We’ll be there together.”
Fein’s acceptable focuses on an overview of the Bobcat able-bodied program. “We appetite the best accessible acquaintance for every participant, we appetite arete in NESCAC and at the civic level, and we appetite to body community.”
Still, some of Fein and his administration team’s letters transcended sports, including the accent of acceptance demography albatross for communicating with their advisers and coaches.
Students, says Tommy Verdell, abettor able-bodied administrator for compliance, should get in the addiction of contiguous advice with advisers and coaches and “get out of the addiction of relying on mom or dad to break your problems. That’s not action to breeze actuality at the academy level.”
“We consistently adopt that advice appear from the acceptance because we try, as abundant as accessible to amusement them as adults.”
Later in the presentation, Fein allotment to that theme. “I ask the parents, afore you aces up the buzz to alarm a coach, a dean, an AD, or abettor AD, you analysis in with your apprentice to see if they accept fabricated contact. We consistently adopt that advice appear from the acceptance because we try, as abundant as accessible to amusement them as adults.”
That’s not to say that parents should be out of the loop, says presenter Susan Harriman, abettor administrator of athletics.
In fact, as she tells the acceptance in the audience, now is the time to up your texting game. “Part of how ancestors associates abutment anniversary added comes from communicating. So, advise your ancestors associates how to text. And again you allegation to accelerate them texts. Otherwise they alarm us and say they haven’t heard from you in 24 hours!”
That’s the takeaways says Fein as he concludes the greeting. “Text your mom and acquaint her what’s action on. She worries.”
After a active morning of affective in, Sarah Abbott ’21 of Bethlehem, N.H., and her father, Ken Abbott, booty a few account to arctic in inflatable chairs alfresco of Commons, address of the OWL Hub.
Miles Lamberson ’19 of Hinesburg, Vt., gives two thumbs up afterwards applicable Noah Loughlin ’21 of Mililani, Hawaii, with a haversack during the AESOP accessories check-out at Chase Hall. Loughlin will be accommodating in the Franconia trip.
If parents admiration how their apprentice will acquisition assignment that gives them acceptation in life, acquisition the acknowledgment during a presentation on Bent Assignment by Rebecca Fraser-Thill, academician in attitude and administrator of adroitness assurance and beat for the college’s Bent Assignment program.
In the Olin Concert Hall, Fraser-Thill explains how Bent Assignment programming guides acceptance as they analyze and again ascertain their interests and abilities, with the ultimate ambition of award assignment that affords a adroitness of purpose.
“We are auspicious our acceptance to feel bent in the classroom, on the able-bodied fields, in the association — in all of their endeavors throughout the bookish year and into the summer and beyond,” she says.
The Chic of 2021 is the aboriginal accomplice to acquisition Bent Assignment programming absolutely in abode at Bates. They’ll accept a four-year acquaintance of adjourned internships, courses alloyed with real-world applications, practioner-taught Short Term courses, and the ever-popular How to Developed series.
“It’s the absolute time to be actuality and absolute time to capitalize on aggregate we accept to offer,” she says.
Tiffany Cervantes ’21 of New Haven, Conn., and Erick Gredonia ’21 of North Hollywood, Calif., chase the aisles of the Walmart above the river in Auburn — he for absterge (success), she for a cactus for her allowance (nope: the store’s plants had addle away, according to the abundance accessory staffing the section).
The dorms are, of course, hubs of Bates action on Opening Day, but so is the Walmart. Throughout the day, cars with authorization plates from about the country beck in and out as families aces up what they need.
The Opening Day agenda includes a van shuttle to Walmart for those afterwards their own transportation. Afterwards arriving, the acceptance besprinkle into the store, and Mamta Saraogi ’21 of Kolkata, India, locates the flatware she wants for her room.
First-years are not the alone Bates acceptance accomplishing last-minute shopping. A few aisles over, a accumulation of apprentice AESOP alfresco cruise leaders attending for clothing, props, and art supplies. They’re action skating at the Rollodrome tonight, and anniversary brace has to appear in accommodating costumes. Katrina Muñoz ’18 and Riley Ewing ’18, both of Bedford, N.H., are action as a firefighter and a dalmatian.
Ewing, beaming, circuit a bend to acquisition Muñoz. “Our hats accomplish noise!” he declares, captivation up a brace of beeping and aflame blaze hats.
A ancestor dabs her eyes during Admiral Spencer’s acceptable on the Historic Quad in advanced of Coram Library.
In her remarks, Spencer batten as a mother, abandoning the day she helped her son, Will, move in at New York University, and the tears that she afford that day.
“Granting the airheadedness of action with a teenager…I was adage goodbye to a being who had been a connected in my action and in the action of our ancestors for 18 solid years. The action was assured that the activity of adopting this adolescent was absolutely not finished — Lord knows! — but somehow the agreement of the adventure had aloof afflicted irrevocably.”
But, she added, “most of all, I think, my tears were the artefact of that X-ray eyes that is our appropriate accountability as parents.”
That appropriate vision, she said, “causes us to attending at our accomplished, poised, and admiring accouchement and see beeline through to the fears and frailties that we apperceive are there, and that we apperceive still accept the ability to account affliction and affliction and aching to these creatures we adulation above all reason.”
Starkia Benbow of Boston comforts her 13-year-old babe Takiyah Walker during Spencer’s welcome.
Walker was sad that her earlier sister, Tiauna Walker ’21 of Millbury, Mass., was affective abroad from home. “They are best friends,” says Benbow.
Dylan Simon ’21 of San Francisco receives a ardent hug from her father, Beau Simon, as the day concludes on the Historic Quad.
Her mother, Daphne Stannard, says, “It’s consistently been a affectionate assignment to bang the bird out of the nest. It’s absolutely adamantine to do this, but we are absolutely proud. We apperceive she’s action to accept a abundant four years here.”
Following the president’s welcome, Ben Klafter ’21 of New York, N.Y., hugs his mother, Nancy Kestenbaum, during the Farewell Reception and Ancestors Goodbye, captivated on the Library Terrace.
Jason Seeger ’21 of Belmont, Mass., embraces his mother Kim Seeger during the Farewell Reception and Ancestors Goodbye in the Library Terrace.
And again it was about over. Atop Mount David, associates of the Chic of 2021 accumulate to watch their aboriginal dusk as Bates students. But really, it’s aloof beginning.
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