AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands of students woke up on Monday morning to head back to the classrooms, or take their first-ever college courses, at the University at Buffalo.
Emotions among those first-time students were mixed Monday. “I’m really excited to start here. It’s a great atmosphere,” said one incoming freshman, Jacob Lewis.
“I’m feeling good. I’m a little nervous, but mainly excited because it’s a new start,” said another freshman, Chris Burns.
“I’m excited to pursue my educational career, but I don’t know what to expect,” said freshman Adam James. “I guess it’s like the fear of the unknown.”
Students have been moving in since last week, and this year, UB has rolled out a new program to help new students get up to speed on campus life.
It’s called New2UB and it features variety of educational and social activities to help the freshmen and transfer students arriving at UB get off to a strong start at the university, while they learn to navigate the large campus. “Once you figure out that everything is connected, you can get yourself around,” advised Nihal Hussain, a transfer student beginning his sophomore year at UB this week.
“They had events all weekend. Everything from like an EDM paint party to like an ice cream social to a carnival,” Burns told News 4. “I felt really welcome here and I felt like I was at home.”
“It was awesome,” Lewis added. “It got me meeting a lot of people.”
Every year, the schools around WNY do what they can to make students feel welcome, and give them the resources they need to be successful in the classrooms and around campus.
Here are the other schools holding their first day of classes on Monday:
- Alfred State College
- Buffalo State College
- Canisius College
- Hilbert College
- Houghton College
- Jamestown Community College
- Niagara County Community College
- Niagara University
- St. Bonaventure University
- Villa Maria College
Several more schools are heading back Tuesday and next week.