University can be tough: Make some (colour-coded) friends

Ottawa Citizen

It might be the biggest and loudest moving day you’ve ever seen.

As expected on the final weekend of every August, you don’t have to look for long to see a rented cube van or a pickup truck with a mattress strapped in the back puttering down the Queensway.

By the time those family vehicles reach Carleton University, hundreds of screaming hooligans greet them, chanting at the door — “Pop that trunk! Pop that trunk!” — and grabbing armfuls of personal belongings to help all those first-year university kids and their presumably spooked parents.

It’s quite the sight. Swarms of young adults, colour-coded by their major — blues, purples, pinks, reds, limes — dressed in bandanas and cowboy hats, parachute pants and booty shorts, cut-off shirts and fanny packs, dancing to booming sing-along pop tunes, whisking their new schoolmates into a first taste of campus culture: “One of us. One…

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