When new students arrive, Middlesex upperclassmen wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the invitation “Ask Me!” are stationed on the steps of Eliot Hall, ready to welcome new families. Ask Me kids swarm around like bees (except they don't sting), taking new families through registration, unloading carloads of boxes, running up and down stairs, and setting up dorm rooms. In my dorm, Ask Me kids arrange dorm furniture in creative ways to fashion the most spacious room possible. Usually I hear, “My friend had this room! Here's the best way to set it up….” This tradition has been around for nearly 20 years, and there's no question that Ask Me kids are unforgettable. At a recent Middlesex alumni event, a former Middlesex parent grabbed me by the arm and exclaimed, “I remember you! You were my daughter's Ask Me kid on the first day of school!” Her first day of school was thirteen years ago.
On your first day as a Middlesex student, you learn a little something about the way we do things here: someone is always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. If you need anything, just ask!