FPU welcome 470 new students to campus

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Upperclassmen assist incoming Franklin Pierce University freshmen with unloading their cars and moving into their dorms on Saturday, during freshman move-in. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monanock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/26/2019 1:19:52 PM

The upperclassmen of the “Raven Nation” welcomed 470 new students to campus Saturday, with Franklin Pierce University’s annual move-in tradition, where older students assist incoming freshmen with getting settled into their dormitories.

This is exactly why she chose Franklin Pierce, said incoming freshman Hannah May, 18, of Epsom.

“The people,” May said, is why she choose the rural campus in Rindge. “They’re just very welcoming and supportive.”

Of new enrollees, the majority have declared majors in the college of liberal arts and social sciences, with 31 percent enrolled with health and natural science majors, 21 percent in the college of business and 12 percent undeclared.

More than 75 percent of new students this year are from New England states, with the highest number coming from Massachusetts. In total, they hailed from 27 states and 13 countries.

For most, it will be their first time living independently.

May said the first thing she did upon moving into her dorm was to begin to re-arrange her furniture, to leave her mark upon the space.

Freshman Julieth Nwosu, 18, of Brockton, Massachusetts said she’ll be keeping grounded by keeping her family close to mind.

“I like to decorate with a theme, and my theme for my dorm is ‘memories,’” she said. She said her memorabilia – photos of family and friends, and sports awards from her high school career as a track and field athlete were her ‘must-haves’ when she was packing.

Emily Heffernan of Plaistow said she, too, prioritized having memories of home around her when she was deciding what to fit in her dorm room.

But even while holding their high school life close, they said they’re aware of the new opportunities before them.

Nwosu said she choose Franklin Pierce University because specifically because it was a different environment than the one she was used to.

“I wanted to try new things,” she said. “I’m going into my adult life, so experiencing as many new things as I can is important.”

They also carried with them advice gathered from friends and family.

Keyshawn Kland, 19, of Gardner, Massachusetts, said he’s used to dorm living, having graduated from a preparatory school where he boarded. But even with that experience, he said, he knows college will provide new levels of freedom.

“Time management is going to be key, that’s the one thing I keep hearing,” Kland, who is also a student-athlete joining the Raven’s basketball team.

In addition to the 270 new students enrolled in the Rindge campus, Franklin Pierce also has 300 full-time graduate students in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program on its campuses in Manchester and Goodyear, Arizona and Master of Physician Assistant Studies on its Lebanon campus, as well as 400 full or part-time online students.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter@AshleySaariMLT.


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