The class of 2020 received a warm welcome to campus at The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation on Sunday, where they learned campus traditions and received timely advice as they begin their journey at UNCG.

Intermingling sage counsel with a sense of humor, Eloise Hassel, professor in The Bryan School of Business and Economics, shared strategies for success with the students.

“The key to being successful here at UNCG is one word – choices.”

She supported her statement with a quote from Albus Dumbledore, a character from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Hassel encouraged the students to pay attention to their surroundings, make friends, try out their major, pick their priorities, go to class, have fun, get involved on campus and to look at the good in everyone.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. also urged the students to have fun and make wise choices.

“You only come this way once,” he said. “Before you know it, you’ll be at your commencement ceremony.”

Don’t fall back into your comfort zone, Gilliam added. UNCG is a safe place to stretch, grow and enrich your mind.

UNCG’s newest Spartans didn’t just receive great advice, they were also introduced to some of the university’s oldest and proudest traditions. They took an academic integrity oath, sang the University Song and received daisies as they left UNCG Auditorium. The students also learned about the university’s bell, which has tolled at special events since the school opened.

Ashley Fleming, an incoming student from South Carolina, said Hassel’s words about choices resonated with her.

“It spoke to all of us. It had me intrigued,” added Stephanie Mejia from Morganton.

 

Story by Jeanie McDowell, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications