Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Life on a Different Coast

By Alonso Nichols

Freshman Michelle Doyle reflects on family and friends and the big move to college

In the slideshow above, hear Michelle Doyle, A14, talk about coming to Tufts. Photos and slideshow by Alonso Nichols

Is it September already? The Class of 2014 has spent the summer months working and hanging at home with family and friends. Whether they hail from as near as Lexington, Mass., or as far away as San Diego, Calif., they have finally arrived at Tufts to start their college careers.

Five members of the Class of 2014 agreed to give the Tufts community an inside look at their pre-Tufts lives and what was running through their minds before they came to campus.

First up is Michelle Doyle. Until last week, she lived in San Diego with her mother, father, older sister, younger brother, four dogs and three cats. “I have to buy lots of warm clothes—well, find someone from the area to go shopping with me to pick out my warm clothes. I’ve actually seen it snow, I think twice in my life,” she says. “That will be an interesting change—waking up to white fields of snow. That’ll be pretty, I think.”

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Posted September 07, 2010