The start of term is always one of excitement but how many people suffer from the same pangs as I do? I know that once the students arrive it will be alright. As the tide of new students washes onto campus and floods the walkways and the cafeterias it will be fine but the anticipation is draining.
Well now they are here. Move-in this year was a little more challenging than usual with many new students but they are all here and frenetically involved in Orientation Week.
It is amazing to me that students have this reckles abandon to interact with new people - charged with an ability to talk to anyone they hurtle headlong into the social whorl that will be so important for their academic studies and future development.
This year's group, whilst larger than last year, seems at least at first blush to be quieter, less exciteable and more willing to engage with the institution. Many took the time to express their gratitude for the opening ceremony, the reading by Tom King, the presence of a record number of faculty and the opportunities to meet members of the faculty and staff of the university.
Despite the additional new students, there were a lot of students complete their undergraduate degrees at Guelph last year so in total the University has about 80-100 more students this year compared to last year.
So - next week the challenge of learning in the classroom begins.
Best wishes to everyone