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Freshmen pour into Sias
XINZHENG, Henan Province – Busses streamed into Sias International University this weekend, flooding the campus with incoming freshmen from around China. The class of 2011, the largest freshman class in Sias’ nine-year history, started arriving early Saturday morning and was still showing up late Sunday evening. Nearly a quarter of the new students will be attending the School of Foreign Languages. “I’m so very glad to see so many students,” said William Wang, Dean of the SFL and the English Language Department. “We have 1,000 freshmen in our school. I’m excited, but there is also a little pressure because we have a lot to prepare for.” Sias appeared prepared for the influx Saturday. Driving down the campus loop, the busses stopped in front of the administrative building. Wide-eyed students disembarked with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters. Students and family members were greeted by smiling students wearing brightly colored shirts and carrying signs to give direction. Freshmen were escorted to various sign-in sections for each school and department, and then they were ushered to their dorm rooms. “I’m both nervous and excited,” said Yang Liu, a first-year student from Nanyang. “There are so many people.” Yang, who will study Japanese, heard about Sias from a friend. “I looked at it on the internet and saw many beautiful buildings,” she said. “And now I can see it.” Yang and other freshmen could easily have been lost in the sea of incoming students, returning students and the band, which flowed around the administrative building. However, everyone managed well with the help of the Sias hosts in their yellow T-shirts. “My first day was pretty unforgettable,” said Emma Wang Ning, a senior Business English major. “I’m always ready to help because when I came here my first days someone helped me. Now, I’m familiar with the place and I can help.” Smile Rong, a junior English major was also out helping students, added: “I remember my first day. It was very busy here in the square and there were lots of people. It was so hot, and I was so very tired. I’m very happy to help.” By Kim Orendor Sias correspondent
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