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Last weekend was the SCO Housing Fair for the incoming class of 2016. It's a great chance for new students to come to Memphis to find a place to live and to show the school and city to their friends or family, while not being nearly as nervous as the last time they were here on interview day. I went to dinner with everyone on Friday and tagged along on the bus tour of local apartments in downtown Memphis and Mud Island on Saturday. Attendees also had the chance to sit in on a first year class, meet with apartment representatives and tour the campus. It was nice to see some familiar faces from my tours on interview days from earlier in the year. I have to say congratulations to everyone that was accepted and that chose to join us in the fall. Also, have to congratulate the incoming first years for having the biggest group yet, at any of the housing fairs at SCO.
I was at the very first housing fair back in May of 2010, and I think there were about 25 or so classmates of mine. We were all able to visit the apartments on one bus, while the group of students from last weekend were shuttled around in 5 buses. At last years housing fair, I had just become an ambassador, so I got to tag along for dinner at SCO and meet students after at a restaurant on Mud Island. If I remember correctly, there were about 45 or so students that year. This year there were about 70 students registered for the housing fair, along with their guests. I'm glad to see everyone so excited about moving to Memphis. I interviewed at quite a few schools, and SCO was the only school that helped direct students to affordable and convenient housing. Yes, a few schools had dorms, but I had moved out of dorms after freshman year in undergrad and wasn't going back. I was definitely excited to hear about a housing fair and a chance to check out apartments with classmates. Saturday was also St. Patrick's Day, so it was great to be outside and meeting new people on a pretty day in Memphis.