Even though it was nearly 4 years ago, I still remember the day I moved in to Vallee residence like it was yesterday. I was equal parts nervous and excited, as I had no idea what to expect and was the only person I knew of from Peterborough that had chosen Brock as a post secondary institution. I was ready to start a life away from home in a new city, but my biggest concern was that I would not be able to make any friends on my own.
The two and a half hour drive from Peterborough seemed to fly by. My family and I arrived at my traditional-style residence at our assigned move-in time; collected my keys, and the move-in-day staff carried all my belongings to what would be my home for the next 8 months.
After I got settled in, it was time for my family to leave, and for my first hall meeting to begin. I hugged my family goodbye, my mom tried her hardest not to cry, and then they were on their way back home. I then headed down the hall to the common room to meet my new friends!
To my pleasant surprise, everyone was in the same situation as me. We went around the room to introduce ourselves, and just about everyone was from a different city. Not many people had any friends at Brock yet, but everyone was more than willing to make them! This is when I realized that just about all these people were in the same boat as me. Everyone was friendly and eager to meet new people, and it was not difficult to strike up a conversation with anyone because they were looking to make friends too.
After the meeting we headed down to the Decew dining hall as a group, where we got to know each other more. This became a Sunday night ritual that everyone on the floor was included in. After just a few hours in residence I knew that Brock was a place I was ready to call home!