Over the past week, we welcomed over 240 students to the Hill. New international students arrived last week with excitement and a bit of nervous apprehension. For many, this is the first time they will be living away from home for an extended period of time. Returning students greeted each other with enthusiasm after a long summer away and settled right in like they never left and welcomed the new students as if they had been there all along.
The official start of the school year kicked off with a processional to the first school meeting of the year in the Fred Andrew Smart Chapel. Parents lined the walkway leading to the chapel with smiles, cameras, and a few tears as students made their way to the chapel for the first of many times this year.
Faculty and students found their seats and were greeted by Student Body President Queena Yuan, a four-year senior from Shanghai, China, and Student Body Vice President Madison Kirker, a two-year junior from Glen Allen, Virginia. Ms. Yuan spoke to the student body about caring for each other and being helpful. Ms. Yuan continued speaking to the student body at convocation.
Ms. Yuan greeted faculty and students once again, only this time, she was much more serious. She encouraged new and returning students alike to think about what they want to do with their time here, how they can challenge themselves, who they want to become.
“Stepping out of your comfort zone might be challenging sometimes, but you will always have the rest of the school to support and love you.”
This year’s convocation speaker was alumna Tracey Dorr ‘80. Tracey traded in the winter skies of New England for the warm, sunny climate of Southern California where Ms. Door built a career in the semiconductor industry, distinguishing herself as a worldwide supply chain manager for TDK, Teridian, and QLogic.
Ms. Dorr was born with severe hearing loss and spoke about the challenges of being deaf, how Tilton helped her grow and gain confidence even when it proved to be a struggle when it came time to find employment after college. Ms. Dorr didn’t let her deafness limit her career and is now internationally known for her accomplishments.Watch the 174th Convocation Ceremony on YouTube.
This year, we used the first week of school as a time to get to know our peers, spend time with classmates, and get oriented on campus. A Black and Gold Day with icebreaker activities, a hike up Mt. Major in Gilford, NH and an afternoon on Lake Winnipesaukee at Ellacoya State Park was followed by the Advisor Match-Up Event.
The Advisor Match-Up Event was new this year as we focused on giving students a chance to choose their advisor for the upcoming school year. Students were given an Advisor-Look Book with details about our advising faculty and they then submitted their top three choices. Advisors lined the walkway to the chapel where their advisees joined them for a photo and short ceremony.
After a day of team building, bonding and learning, students enjoyed the first Home Night with their advisory group when most advisors cooked for their advisees. TjohnE was also on campus with their interactive trivia game, ThinkFast
, where students competed in small groups.
Students will go through a condensed academic day on Friday for a chance to attend all of their classes for introductory material followed by a day of rest on Saturday after a long, fun-filled week.