“The Sisters began their journey, road unknown, future uncertain. Yet they were together. They were Sisters. They would be the first to depart, and they would be the first to arrive in the new land.”
(Story of the Single Sisters walk to Salem in 1766, Anonymous)
What does it mean to be first? To the founding sisters of Salem, it meant courage - courage to leave the comfort of home for the sake of establishing roots in a new land. It meant strength - strength to meet challenges along an unfamiliar journey. It meant clarity of purpose - clearly knowing that the journey ahead was important. It meant sisterhood - knowing that the journey ahead was possible because the sisters were connected. They were family.
What does it mean for you to be a Salem First? It means that you are first. You are the first generation in your family to obtain a four-year college degree. Like the founding sisters of Salem, you are courageous. You are strong. You have a clear purpose. You are part of a new sisterhood. YOU ARE SALEM.
Salem Firsts Program Mission
The Salem Firsts program is a joint program between the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Student Professional Development designed to connect first generation students with the information and resources needed to successfully transition into collegiate life at Salem. Click here for Salem Firsts program details!
Salem Firsts Pre-Orientation Program
The Salem Firsts Pre-Orientation Program begins on August 21, 2014, and ends when Salem Orientation begins on August 23, 2014. Registration began in May, 2014.