Updated as of Aug. 19 at 12:37 p.m. to include video. 

Lizzie Strouse is no stranger to Elon's campus. Her two older sisters, classes of 2022 and 2024, are also members of the Elon community. As the third Strouse sister to pursue her four years here, she said she’s excited to create her own experience.

“I chose Elon because I saw myself most at, and it’s beautiful here,” Strouse said. “Both my older sisters loved it, and I knew that I would love it too.

Strouse, from Baltimore, Maryland, is living in Virginia Hall. She said it’s relieving to have family here to help her adjust. 

“I’ve been to the dining hall once, and I definitely have to get more familiar,” Strouse said. “But I drove around last night, and it just felt natural.” 

Fellow Baltimore resident and freshman Coco Cameron moved into West Hall this morning with help from her mother, Kate Cameron.

“I'm a little sad,” Kate said. “This is my empty nest chapter, and so we’re all sad to be having her go but ready for her new chapter and excited for her four years at Elon.”

Senior and orientation leader Kate Wirth assisted the Camerons in the move-in process.

This is Wirth’s second time being an orientation leader. She said she woke up at 5:30 a.m. and ate breakfast with her fellow leaders before their first session helping students move in.

“Everyone’s really excited, and it feels really nostalgic being a senior and having a full circle moment from when I moved in four years ago,” Wirth said.

Mahogany Madden-Roberts is also a senior and orientation leader. This is her third time being part of the orientation process, but last year, she worked as a team lead. 

Madden-Roberts said the process of move-in today differs from when she began in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s definitely very interesting to see how we had to ask permission from people to touch their stuff and ask if they even wanted us to help,” Madden-Roberts said. “Now it's back to normal for sure, and it's the same way I moved in, so it’s really cool to be able to give back my senior year and to do a full circle moment.”