After hours of meetings and even more time spent packing, Collins Living-Learning Center welcomed students to Shea Hall, which is part of the Foster Quadrangle. We kicked off Fall 2021 with Welcome Week, where programming focused around a beloved classic, The Little Prince. The text is a good one for considering new journeys, whether for first-year students at college or for our community in a new corner of campus.
Students have quickly made themselves at home at Foster-Shea, where a lobby has become our Coffeehouse, already well used; a classroom is now our meeting room, well-proportioned to the task; and a floor lounge has been turned into the Cheshire Café. This last transformation was perhaps the most ambitious, involving transporting our refrigerator, decorating the space, and unpacking our many syrups. Inventively and thoughtfully, our Café managers have turned the lounge into a familiar space, and our staff have made Collins at Foster home. Our Hillcrest students make the trek across campus regularly, pitching up for meetings and classes. In this way, they have brought the Collins spirit to our first-year students.
We are grateful to Residential Programs and Services and the College of Arts and Sciences for their help in the herculean move and the big transition. We plan to enjoy our time on a new corner of campus, but, like the Little Prince, anticipate our return to our own home for 2022-23.