“Trepidatious” was the word of the day. The first day of school is always a bit unnerving and the first day of college, especially when you’re leaving home for the first time is even more so. On Monday, August 14, our College Experience program welcomed 25 new students into the program on The College of Saint Rose campus, our largest class to date!

They came from all over New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia. They came with all their personal items – pillows, posters, photos, anything to help make their dorm room resemble their family home.

During orientation week, students learned about their new neighborhood; how to navigate the campus, enroll in classes, as well as establishing new friendships with peers.

Not surprisingly, many of the week’s icebreakers involved food. On Monday, all new and returning students enjoyed a move-in day dinner, Wednesday ended with a family-style spaghetti dinner for all the students, which they cooked themselves, and Friday night finished off with an ice cream social.

The program is filled to capacity with the returning class, 54 students in total and we cannot wait to see what this journey holds for them!