Setting sail

Caitlin Link '16 and her parents
Caitlin Link '16 arrives from Maryland
with her parents.
They hail from 14 different states, including Alabama, California, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas; and several countries, including Hong Kong. They are the newest members of Skidmore’s Class of 2016 and they have one thing in common: they will spend the fall in London as part of the First-Year Experience at Skidmore.

Celebrating its 12th year, the London FYE program offers students the opportunity to attend college in one of the world’s greatest cities. “I can’t wait to see the museums, to do some travelling and to meet new people,” says Shirah Hill-Cohen ’16 who traveled from Manchester Center, Vermont, to check in for the London orientation program this week.

A partnership between Skidmore’s Office of the First-Year Experience, Off-Campus Study & Exchanges, Office of Admissions, and IES Abroad, the London orientation is a two-day program where students spend time getting to know each other, learn about what being a Skidmore citizen in London means, and discuss their expectations. Skidmore faculty and staff join staff from London and former London FYE students to prepare the London Class of 2016 and their families for an exciting semester. Parent orientation also is provided.

Nurianny Montilla models her Class of 2016 t-shirt
Nurianny Montilla '16 checks in for
orientation and models her
new Class of 2016 t-shirt

Because it is campus-based, the two-day orientation offers a brief introduction to life at Skidmore for the London-bound students, who stay in the residence halls and visit the dining hall for meals. After campus orientation ends, the students (accompanied by IES Abroad staff) travel to Newark airport for an overnight flight to London. There they will be met by Penny Jolly, professor of art history, and Joanne Devine, professor of English, faculty directors of the program. On-site orientation activities resume after arrival in London.

Brandon Bogle ’16, who has been to London once before, was drawn to the program because of the “creative atmosphere and welcoming student body.” He’s looking forward to “everything.” After he and the rest of the group arrives in London, they will have about six days to prepare, unpack, recover from jetlag, get familiar with London, and begin the semester!

For more information about the London FYE program, contact Off-Campus Study & Exchanges.