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(Banner at First Days 2011)

Today is one of those days (like Mountain Day, Homecoming, Winter Carnival, Commencement, Reunion) that makes Ephs everywhere nostalgic for their own experiences: move-in day. If you’re like me, you may remember everything from the music playing on the ride over Petersburg Pass (Van Halen’s “Panama” — hey, it was eighty degrees, pretty much the last time we’d see that temperature until June) to the first student you met in your entry (name withheld) to the first article of gear emblazoned with “Williams College” that you purchased at Goff’s (green college logo t-shirt).

It’s easier than ever to indulge that nostalgia, thanks to social media. For the last few years, #newephs has been the hashtag to follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, capturing content from both the College’s official social media accounts and those of students, parents, and other members of the community arriving on campus. The Flickr account for Williams College has also been a great place for a peek at arriving and returning Ephs.

Here are a couple of photos of the unloading and move-in process from last year.

Move-in day 2014, via Williams College on Flickr

Move-in day 2014, via Williams College on Flickr

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In 2013, using Storify, the College compiled many of the social media postings surrounding move-in day. Definitely worth a look.

And with Sawyer Library finally gone, nostalgic Ephs might appreciate the Libraries’ video intro created for First Days in 2012.

Welcome to all new Ephs!

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