While Saturday welcomed most returning students back to Rollins, the Class of 2014 was busy unpacking its bags starting at 9:00 a.m. last Thursday. Some of the only upperclassmen on campus at that time were the new class’ Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants.
As the Class of 2014 was settling in and unpacking, many of these RAs and Peer Mentors were wondering “Who is the Class of 2014?” Here is a quick look.
Some first-year students arrived a week earlier than the rest of their class to partake in an opportunity to go on a trip to Costa Rica for a week.
One such student was Sanaan Riaz Khattak. Khattak was able to move into his residence hall, Ward Hall, on Aug. 7. When he first arrived on campus he said he “didn’t really know anyone.” He was then quickly whisked off to Costa Rica. “The Costa Rica trip was the perfect opportunity for me to get a jump-start on my college experience,” Khattak says. “We got to experience the life that people in a poorer country have, and it was really humbling.”
In addition to assisting in community service projects in Costa Rica, Khattak and the group were able to visit a live volcano. “The volcano was one of the highlights of the trip!” he exclaimed. All in all, Khattak said he “loved the trip and would recommend it to any incoming freshman!”
One interesting statistic about the Class of 2014 is that it represents 13 foreign countries. One international student, Tristan Wakely, hails from “across the pond” in the United Kingdom. Like Khattak and the Costa Rica group, all of the international students arrived early. Wakely and the others moved in on Aug. 15 to go through an expanded “International Orientation.”
When asked about being an international student at Rollins, Wakely shared, “Being an international student makes you unique and sets you apart from the beginning.”
He also said that it allowed him to give perspective on his country to other students at Rollins who may not have visited the UK before. He expressed that he will surely enjoy his time here at Rollins College.