Pictures: Brandeis welcomes the Class of 2026


Pictures: Brandeis welcomes the Class of 2026

By Jarret Bencks and Mike LovettAug. 23, 2022

The constructive vitality was palpable because the Class of 2026 crammed their residence halls, stated goodbye to their mother and father, and commenced the following chapter of their lives at Brandeis’ 2022 Transfer-In Day on Sunday.

With an enrollment of 996, the category is the most important in college historical past.

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Lyn Stanley ’26 arrived on campus Sunday morning after flying in from Chicago. Stanley had already constructed relationships with classmates on-line and was excited to fulfill them in particular person. “I really feel like I’ve already made so many associates,” Stanley stated.

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A stream of vehicles was greeted by Orientation Leaders as they arrived within the Theater Lot Sunday morning.

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Amanda Zhang ’26 picked up her residence corridor key Sunday morning. Her older brother and sister got here together with her from Acton, Mass. to assist her move-in. She was feeling excited and slightly anxious. “I hope the meals is sweet!” Zhang stated.

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Temperatures climbed towards 90 levels, however spirits stayed excessive. As a part of a brand new initiative, “Alumni @ Transfer-In Day,” a group of alumni returned to campus to help Sunday. Gary “Sundance” Clay ’80, Jose Perez ’75, Lewis Brooks ’80, P’16, Sharon Rosenberg ’00, Hanna Switlekowski ’13, and plenty of others gathered within the Theater Parking Lot to greet the brand new class and their households. 

“We’re loving it, and the mother and father are loving it, too,” stated Brooks, who’s president of the Brandeis Alumni Affiliation. “We’re all sharing our Brandeis tales and having a very good time. We hope this would be the starting of a brand new alumni custom.”

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Molly James ’26 arrange her room in Deroy Residence Corridor together with her mother, Alisa. James, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, was trying ahead to training together with her teammates on the ladies’s basketball group and for the season to get began.

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Ariana Camaj ’26 of Westchester, N.Y. and Yathrib Abdulla ’26 of Dallas, Texas relaxed at a desk in Massell Quad Sunday morning. They’d already moved in on Worldwide Scholar Transfer-In Aug. 18. Abdulla stated she was excited to fulfill new associates and discover Boston, whereas Camaj was trying ahead to lessons beginning. “I am planning to double main in chemistry and politics, and I am excited to take some actually fascinating programs,” Camaj stated.

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New roommates Alexis Gutierrez ’26 of Queens, N.Y., third from left, and Ian Baker ’26 of Atlanta, Georgia, second from proper, acquired loads of assist from their households as they moved into their room Sunday.

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All through the day, new college students steadily streamed into the Campus Card Workplace in Kutz Corridor for his or her IDs. Above, Luisa Quispe ’24 takes a photograph of Allie Lanham ’26.

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Exterior of his son Jacob’s room in Shapiro Residence Corridor, Mike Morse was put to work constructing a storage cart, however he did not thoughts. “It is a fantastic day. I am excited for him,” he stated.

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Sadie Giddings ’26 drove to campus from Chicago together with her mother Carrie. She was trying ahead to taking programs in her deliberate main, environmental research. “The lessons and professors appear nice,” she stated. “I can not wait to get began.”

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After settling in and assembly their roommates, the Class of 2026 and their households gathered on sunny Chapel’s Subject for Convocation on Sunday afternoon. Brandeis leaders wished them nicely as they started their collegiate careers. Then the brand new college students gathered to fulfill their Orientation Leaders.

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The Class of 2026 then stated goodbye to their mother and father, and turned their consideration to New Scholar Orientation actions. At nightfall, they gathered on the “Mild of Purpose” artwork set up exterior the Rose Artwork Museum and hoisted LED candles towards the sky for Mild the Night time, an annual initiation occasion for every incoming class.

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From there, they headed to the Nice Garden to get to know their classmates on the Vivid the Night time Social Occasion. 

Students chat at book forum

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Monday marked the start of three days full of Orientation occasions forward of lessons beginning on Thursday, Aug. 25. College students gathered in Spingold Theater Monday afternoon for the Helen and Philip Brecher New Scholar Discussion board, the place they heard from acclaimed writer Elizabeth Kolbert. Annually, a brand new guide is chosen as the topic of the discussion board, the place the incoming class has a shared tutorial expertise. Kolbert’s “Underneath a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” was this yr’s choice.

After the occasion, Maya Kushner ’26 and Madison Holmes A Courtroom ’26 chatted with Kolbert on the Spingold stage.

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Together with large occasions that deliver the entire class collectively, like a campus sleepover social occasion and a visit to the Boston Museum of Science, Orientation additionally options quite a few breakout periods and small group discussions to arrange the brand new class for the years forward.



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