SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – First-year students arrived on campus Friday at Springfield College with a great deal of fanfare and plenty of physical help from returning students and staff.

“This is what Springfield College is, this is what Springfield College feels like. You just have to be here to feel it,” said Senior Mason Preble.

Vibes were immaculate at Springfield College Friday, with the returning students showing off their pride as first-year’s arrived for move-in day. It’s a highlight day every year for President Mary-Beth Cooper.

“Well it’s great. It’s palpable. The energy is unbelievable. It really warms my heart to see our returning students be the ambassadors. So many students yelling and cheering and making Springfield College their home,” said Cooper.

A total of 935 first-years arrived Friday and what seemed like just as many returning students ready and waiting to unload vans, wagons and trucks, making sure parents and new students didn’t have to lift a finger. The energy of these returning students helping first years move into Springfield College Friday really is second to none.

First-year student Chayse Mangino told 22News just how much it means to have that reception on your very first day, “It just shows that people care and they want to help you, get involved. I feared I was gonna get lost and didn’t know where to go but I have my upperclassmen looking after me.”

There was plenty more fun over the course of the afternoon as student orientation continued, including a highlight rally at Blake Arena. Returning students will continue to move in through the weekend so watch for extra traffic and people carrying furniture along Alden Avenue for a few more days. Classes begin on Tuesday.

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