​​The Class of 2019 makes itself at home

Move-in day — at hyper-speed.

It has been a busy week for the newest members of the Washington University in St. Louis community.

Some 1,730 first-year students moved into the South 40 Aug. 20 on what Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton called the coolest move-in day in two decades. He was referring to the weather, or was he?

On that first day alone, new students learned residential college cheers (“Kings! Kings! Kings!” -Lien House), listened to inspiring speeches by campus leaders at Convocation (“If you’re not impressed with yourself, remember 15 years ago you were drooling all over yourself,” said senior Abhinav Chhabra) and sampled their first Ted Drewes frozen custard under the stars in Brookings Quadrangle.

By Aug. 24, the first day of classes, these new students had discovered the stir-fry in the Bear’s Den, the rocking chairs outside of the DUC and that Brauer and Bauer are not, in fact, the same place.

These videos capture the excitement and thrills on the Class of 2019’s first days at Washington University.

Convocation, like you’ve never seen it before.

Students share what they learned their first day of class.