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Excitement Surrounds New Students' Arrival at Penn State

by on June 23, 2013 3:30 PM

Cars lined Pollock and Shortlidge roads on Penn State’s campus Sunday morning as new students prepared for their first semester at the university.

More than 1,700 students are expected to move into residence halls today and Monday. The students are part of Penn State's Learning Edge Academic Program, or LEAP, which allows freshmen to begin their career early at the university and eases them into the large college atmosphere.

Nick Harvey arrived with his mother, Suzanne, at 8 a.m. from outside of Philadelphia to begin moving into his new dorm room. By 9:30, they were done and ready to purchase some books for classes, which start Wednesday for LEAP students.

“I like the atmosphere and it’s really big,” Nick says. His sister, Rachel, is also a student at Penn State and plays in the Blue Band. He says he always enjoyed visiting his her in State College.

Nick plans to major in accounting and says he loves how open and green the campus is.

“It’s awesome. I’m so happy that they’re together here,” Suzanne says about her two children.

Another Philadelphia native, Matt Lane, can’t wait to attend some football games and pledge at a fraternity. He’s glad to be at Penn State and expects his summer to be a fun time.

“There’s so much to be excited about,” he says.

“We are very excited to welcome the class of 2017 for summer session,” says Katie Motycki, associate director of New Student Orientation at Penn State. Motycki says this standing just inside the crowded entrance of the HUB as she continues to direct students and families to the correct check-in stations.

LEAP Move-In day marks the beginning of Welcome Week when students become better acquainted with the campus, town and learn more about their specific colleges within the university.

“I always knew about the campus growing up,” Sophia Fox says. Her grandparents live in Centre Hall and her mother, Jeanette Krebs, graduated from Penn State in 1987.

Sophia was accepted to five other universities, but says she likes the “family feel” and small town atmosphere of Penn State. She’s excited to meet new people, try new things and get involved with some student clubs.

“I’m more excited than I thought I’d be,” says Jeanette. “It’s neat that she’s going to the same school that I attended.”

“It was such a great experience for me, and I know it will be for her too.”

Shawn Christ is a recent Penn State graduate who is working as an intern for
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