Rainy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of Marymount’s Class of 2017, as they arrived on campus to a warm welcome. Upperclass students and alumni were on hand to help the freshmen load and move the overflowing orange bins, filled with all the essentials to start college life.
The class of 2017 is a geographically diverse group, hailing from 23 states, two U.S. territories, and 17 foreign countries. While the majority of freshmen are from the DC-metro area and mid-Atlantic states, the class is represented from coast-to-coast with a large cohort from New England, many from the heartland, and 11 students from California.
When asked, “Why Marymount?” Nick Montedero from Richmond, VA, replied, “For the DC location! My major will be politics and, after college, I plan on attending law school.” His roommate, Jeff D’Amola from Long Valley, NJ, added, “It’s the same for me. I’m planning to major in criminal justice, so this is the right location.”
Family connections were also a draw, as many students already were part of the Marymount family with a parent, sibling, or cousin who had attended. That’s certainly the case for the Bekampis family. Bradley Bekampis, of Pittsburg, PA, explained, “My brother and sister both graduated from here, as well as my mom. My siblings both live in the area now, so it’s nice to have family nearby.” He added, “And, I was recruited to play baseball!”
The reasons for choosing Marymount were varied. Many cited a strong program in their major. Athletics also was a draw, with lots of freshmen eager to play at the collegiate level, an opportunity afforded by Marymount’s sixteen NCAA Division III teams (with the newest being triathlon, men’s volleyball, and baseball).
Sometimes what makes a college right for someone is an intangible combination of elements. Sydni Chapman, a Fashion Merchandising major from Jonestown, PA, summed it up, saying, “I came to Marymount’s Scholar’s Day and just fell in love with the place!”
PHOTO 1 - A parade of orange bins as Marymount freshmen move in
PHOTO 2 - Freshman Nicole Georgiev gets help from MU lacrosse players Mike Mene '16 and Nico Burns 15.
PHOTO 3 - Lorenzo Calderon, a health sciences, pre-PT major, moves in with back-up from dad, Raul. He's on MU's new baseball team.
PHOTO 4 - Bradley Bekampis, an IT major and baseball player, is assisted by parents Brad and Joanne.
PHOTO 5 - Marymount President Matt Shank welcomes freshman Jeannine Titus (right), a fashion design major, and her mom Veronica Beckley