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Welcome Belles of 2021

| Friday, August 18, 2017

I am so excited that you have finally arrived on campus. It has been a long journey getting to move-in day and its a huge milestone to celebrate. Your fellow Belles are so thrilled that you are here and are anxious to get to know each and every one of you. Belles Beginnings will be an incredible experience. There will be highs and lows to the weekend as you meet new friends and learn a wealth of information. It will be overwhelming at times, and as many of you will be living away from home for the very first time, you will have to say goodbye to your families. As hard as it may be, trust me when I tell you things will get better and you will be OK. College is an adjustment for everyone and you most certainly are not alone. However, cherish each moment and memory you make this weekend and throughout your first year at Saint Mary’s. Your time at this place will go by much faster than you think.

You are joining a community that is much bigger than yourself and the confines of our campus. The support you will receive from your fellow Belles will be incredible, but you also are part of a community that spans across the world. You are a part of a tradition of excellent, talented and unique women. Each one of you will be no exception to this. Saint Marys College is the most special place and four years here will never be enough.

I encourage you over the next few weeks to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Go into your neighbor’s room and introduce yourself; get involved on campus and get to know your professors. Each experience will enrich your life in ways you never thought possible and four years from now, you will look back and be thankful that you made the decision to attend Saint Mary’s College.

You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime and Saint Mary’s will not let you down. You will leave this place more accomplished, well-rounded and capable than when you entered. Therefore, be yourself, be confident and enjoy the life changing adventure. And if you ever need a break, a simple walk down the Avenue always helps, but most importantly it will always lead you home.

Bailey Oppman
student body president
Saint Mary’s
Aug. 17

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