Recently, new Blue Jays arrived at the Homewood campus for move-in and orientation, which kicked off with applause and cheers from First Year Mentors and move-in volunteers. Upon their arrival, they were immediately immersed in exciting first-year activities such as dorm decoration, celebration, and exploration. Orientation provided new students with five days of fun ways to get to know the Homewood campus, each other, and their new surroundings—even beyond campus.
“Baltimore Day” was an event designed to help the Class of 2019 become acclimated to their new city. The new students were split into groups to explore eclectic neighborhoods, visit memorials and monuments, taste Maryland favorite foods, and learn about Baltimore’s rich culture and history. Orientation activities also included discussions about the class’ summer reading, A Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, offering the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful discussions about important national issues.
Another Orientation tradition, the class photo, allowed for some side-by-side interaction between new friends and peers. “There were so many familiar faces already,” said Grace G., a first-year student from PA, after gathering with classmates to form a life-size “JHU 19” in the middle of Keyser Quad. “I got to wave to everyone and say hi. I like that we have a smaller community.”
Old Bay and Utz chips, new friends and Edgar Allen Poe. The Class of 2019 already feels very much at home on Homewood campus and in Baltimore.