The College’s newest students arrived from 26 U.S. states and from countries spanning South America, the Middle East and East Asia, bringing to campus a broad range of experiences and points of view.
Sunday also marked the first new student Move-In Day for the College’s 13th president, Dr. Mary Boyd, who took the helm in August. She assured students at the President’s Welcome they would discover the ins and outs of being newcomers together.
“I know some of you may be feeling anxious today as you navigate unfamiliar waters, and that is perfectly natural,” she said. “All I can say is, come on in, the water’s fine. Beginning now, you will be surrounded by people and resources dedicated to your success and well-being.”
President Boyd encouraged students to engage with professors, advisors, coaches, resident assistants and others throughout their time at Emmanuel. She also encouraged them to engage in the “current” of life on campus and throughout the city of Boston, both in tangible, resume-building ways, but also in ways that will “guide you in shaping a future that aligns with your deepest desires for your own life and the lives of others.”
Students were also encouraged to reach out to their peers and begin to grow the bonds that will unite them during their time at Emmanuel and for decades to come.
“While you can certainly lean on us, I hope you will also lean on each other and lift each other up,” she said. “Remember, no one of us, including me, is good at everything. And that’s a good thing because if each of us were good at everything, we wouldn’t need one another.”
President Boyd closed her remarks by reminding students they were chosen as Emmanuel’s next class because of their gifts and achievements as scholars, student-athletes, volunteers and community leaders.
“Trust yourselves,” she said. “We can’t wait to see how you will contribute to this community, and all the exciting ways your journeys will unfold in the years ahead. Remember that Emmanuel is the heart of Boston, and you are the heart of Emmanuel.”