All moved in, Luqmaan Shaikh ’25 strolled across the Clayton University Center lawn Thursday morning toward a banner welcoming the Class of 2025 to get a photo with his mother, Shehnaaz, before she returned home to San Francisco, Calif.
Living in the more temperate Bay Area, and with Florida as the only East Coast state he had ever visited, Shaikh acknowledged the change in seasons in South Bethlehem will be one of his many new experiences. His mother, who had not heard of Lehigh prior to her son applying and getting accepted, confessed she was apprehensive about her son going to school across the country at an unfamiliar place.
But after moving her son into Lehigh, touring the campus and chatting with Lehigh staff and other students, most of Shehnaaz’s concerns disappeared. One that remained was whether her son would need winter clothes before the end of the fall semester and if she should take him shopping for cold-weather apparel before heading back to the West Coast.