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Freshmen soundoff on move-in day

The class of 2018 moved onto East Campus on Tuesday. With the help of the First-Year Advisory Counselors, 1,727 freshmen settled into 14 different dorms. Here's what the new members of Duke community had to say about the start of their Orientation Week and their expectations for a four-year-long academic career at Duke.

“I’m just really excited to start my freshman year. I feel like I’ve been waiting all summer to get here, and I’m just really excited to start now." —freshman Alice Silberstein.

“I’m feeling very overwhelmed, but excited to meet everybody and get into clubs and everything, and just start becoming part of the family.” —freshman Dara Buggay

"I’m super excited. I came from the pre-orientation program PWaves. Coming in on move-in day was a little stressful, but so exciting to be here, set up the room and meeting my roommate for the first time. The room seems awesome." —freshman Maddy Price

"I’m really excited to be here. I waited an hour to get in, it was the longest hour of my life. I’m looking forward to track and the barbecue... Read more

Freshman spotlight: East

Meet Anuhita Basavaraju from Jericho, New York, an incoming East Residence Hall (formerly known as Aycock dorm) resident. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 14 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Orientation Week.

Major: Undecided, but possibly psychology, philosophy or public policy. "I think I’m going pre-med, but I’ve always loved the humanities and want them to be a big part of my time at Duke too."

Summer plans: "Bumming around, hanging out with friends and traveling a bit. I went to Lake George for a few days and went boating, hiking, biking, and zip lining. I’ve been in India for the past few weeks and am coming back Aug. 15."

Favorite type of weather: Crisp autumn weather.

Guilty pleasure: "Binge watching Netflix—e.g. Gossip Girl, Parks & Rec, Disney movies etc.—in bed... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Bassett

Meet Ricardo Alvarez-Estarellas, an incoming Bassett dorm resident from Ponce, Puerto Rico. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 14 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Double major in chemistry and statistical science.

Pre-orientation: International orientation.

Summer plans: "To mostly rest and spend time with friends and family. I also went to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands."

Favorite type of weather: "Coming from a yearlong warm climate, I'm looking forward to snowy and winter days. I really like rainy days."

Favorite book or literary work: "Conica de una muerte anunciada" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "I want to read more of [Marquez]… The day he passed away I was at Duke."

Guilty pleasure: "I enjoy playing fantasy sports. My phone and I are inseparable on Sunday afternoons in the fall... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Randolph

Meet Lucila Houttuijn Bloemendaal, also known as Luci, an incoming Randolph dorm resident. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 14 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Hometown: Living in Houston, Texas. "I was born in New Orleans but my mother is from Argentina and my father is from the Netherlands, so I never really considered myself from Louisiana."

Major: Biology with ecology concentration and Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Summer plans: "This is my first summer relaxing so I've been exploring Houston, and visitng my sister in Boston."

Favorite type of weather: "Hot and humid, when it's either sunny or rainy."

Favorite book or literary work: "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Guilty pleasure: Video games.

Favorite video game: "The Legend of Zelda... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Wilson

Meet Marie-Martine Uwera, an incoming Wilson dorm resident from the Musanze District in Rwanda. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Double major in global health and psychology

Pre-orientation: International orientation

Summer plans: "I have been working with a high school since February tutoring students in chemistry and biology, and aiding students applying to U.S. colleges on how to write their essays."

Favorite type of weather: "I like cold weather."

Favorite book or literary work: "Uglies" by Scott Westerfeld.

Guilty pleasure: Dancing by herself.

Impressions from first visit to Duke: "Never been to the U.S. before!"

What she will add to the Wilson community: "I want to enhance strong friendships and a sense of belonging... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Belltower

Meet Hannah McMullan, an incoming Belltower dorm resident from Bayonne, New Jersey. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Neuroscience and classical civilizations

Pre-orientation: None

Summer plans: "I went to Ireland for two weeks and i just back from Atlanta, Georgia two days ago."

Favorite type of weather: Sunny and warm.

Favorite book or literary work: "Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio" by Amara Lakhous.

Spirit animal: Wolf. "They're my favorite animal — what can I say."

Guilty pleasure: "Chocolate. Dark chocolate with mint."

Impression from first visit to Duke: "How beautiful it is, just the campus itself."

What she will add to the Belltower community: "A dry sense of humor and knowledge of Latin... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Brown

Meet Eddy Torgas, an incoming Brown dorm resident from Miami, Florida. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Double major in economics with finance concentration and computer science.

Pre-orientation: None. "My birthday is Aug. 17 and I wanted to spend my birthday with friends and family."

Summer plans: "I've been participating at an internship at an accounting firm, one of the largest in the country. Also teaching myself some computer programming and working on starting my own business."

What is the business he's starting: "It's an academic planning and consulting service — I was going through high school and I did what I liked but [my friend and I] were worried about how much more difficult it was going to become to get into colleges around the world and in the U.S... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Giles

Meet Hunter Michielson, an incoming Giles dorm resident from Spotsylvania, Virginia. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Undecided but leaning towards economics

Pre-orientation: None

Summer plans: "Been vacationing — went to the Outer Banks for a week, and in a couple weeks heading to Western Europe—England, France, Germany, maybe Italy."

Favorite type of weather: "Snow because I really love to ski and that is great skiing weather."

Favorite book or literary work: "1984" by George Orwell. "I guess I just really like the way that Orwell was able to tell a story and at the same time get across a very important message that still has its implications in today's world."

Spirit animal: Bald eagle. "Because, America... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Epworth

Meet Ademola Olayinka from Jonestown, N.C., one of the few incoming residents to Epworth, Duke's smallest dorm. This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Mathematics

Pre-oreination: None

Summer plans: "I’m a clinical operations intern. I help around with managing files from the drug studies."

Favorite type of weather: "The kind of weather before a storm."

Favorite book or literary work: "A Storm of Swords" by George R. R. Martin

Spirit animal: A tiger. "That's my high school mascot."

Guilty pleasure: "Dancing when nobody is around. Dancing really badly."

Is it like in "Napoleon Dynamite"? "Yes, exactly."

Impression from first visit to Duke: I felt like I was in a medieval castle... Read more

Freshman spotlight: Alspaugh

Meet Diana Arguijo, an incoming Alspaugh dorm resident from Rindell, North Carolina (just 30 minutes from Duke). This interview is part of a summer blog series profiling one Class of 2018 member from each of the 13 East Campus dorms. Look out for the rest of the blogs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leading up to Orientation Week.

Major: Biomedical engineering (Pratt)

Pre-orientation: None

Summer plans: "Mostly just being at home with my family, enjoying the last few days I’ll have here. Working and babysitting."

Favorite type of weather: "I really like rainy days. I think they're really calming."

Favorite book or literary work: Harry Potter — especially the fifth one. "I was in the second grade when I started the entire series. My sister gave it to me as a birthday present."

Spirit animal: Owl. "I think flying is really cool and they're always portrayed as academic creatures."

Guilty pleasure: "Netflix marathons — the last one I couldnt stop watching is 'House of Cards... Read more