Families, friends accompany freshmen at Opening Day

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By Cierra Mills
The Carolinian

Families and friends joined freshmen students Sunday morning as they moved into their new homes at USC Upstate. The halls of the Palmetto and Magnolia Houses were crowded with heartfelt goodbyes and excitement.

Students brought in items such as televisions, room décor, and microwaves while enjoying Krispy Kreme donuts and the sound of party music.

Food truck, “Herb’N Eats” was parked in between the Palmetto and Magnolia Houses, with various menu items. “The Southern Italian” sandwich was a favorite among Opening Day attendees.

Freshman, Tyquin Cobb said that he could not wait for basketball season, as it will give him time away from studying and bring about an opportunity to meet friends on campus.

In the Magnolia House, freshmen completed their initial check-in and received their mailbox combinations. Domino’s Pizza awarded freshmen with a free small 1-topping pizza and St. Matthews Church of Gaffney gave church iniviations to students.

Chancellor, Brendan Kelly, Ph.D., Athletic Director, Julio Friere, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Meredith Brunen, Ph.D., and several other faculty and staff members visited students for moral support. Upperclassmen involved in Student Life offered a helping hand to freshmen in moving their clothes and electronics.

Student organizations such as Greek life, athletics teams, Student Government Association, and Resident Advisors accomplished an easy transition into dorms for freshmen.

Despite heavy traffic within the dorms’ entrances and long lines for elevators, the Spartan spirit was alive.


Four freshmen offer their thoughts on beginning college:


Nursing student, Victoria Kennedy attended Opening Day with her mother. Kennedy is from Gatlinburg, Tenn. and is looking forward to meeting new friends.


Pre-medical student, Nikiyea Gordon came with her step-mother, father, uncle, two grandmothers, aunts, and cousins. She hopes to make the Dean’s List and become involved in the Opportunity Network.


Computer science major, Dylan Elmer brought his girlfriend to help him move in. Elmer brought all of his electronics, including his TV and Xbox.


Nursing student, Blake Abney expressed interest in joining a fraternity at Opening Day.