Hallie Moss | Jefferson City, Missouri
Like roughly 10 percent of the incoming Class of 2026, Hallie Moss is a Campbell legacy student. Her father went to Campbell and always had great things to say about his experience. Moss applied to 50 colleges while in high school and toured many of them. She landed at Campbell because she felt most welcome here.
“You know when you go car shopping, and you look at all these cars, and they all look the same?” she says. “But there’s this one car that just feels right. Campbell just feels right to me. And it didn’t hurt that they have a great physical therapy program.”
A former barista, Moss hopes to find good coffee in Buies Creek. Her four-year plan is a bit more ambitious.
“I hope that I can make a good and leave a good impression while I’m here,” she says. “More importantly, I want to set a solid foundation for my future.”
These stories are only the beginning. For this edition of Campbell Magazine, they’re an introduction to 12 students —chosen randomly during the third of four summer orientations hosted on the main campus this year — and a documentation of expectations heading into a four-year college journey.
All 12 agreed to give us more than just the 20 minutes it took to talk and take a few photos back in June. They’re allowing us to check in over the next four years to help chronicle their Campbell experience. And they’ve all agreed to sit down with us again in May 2026 to share their updated stories (and take a few more photos). In order to tell a story of growth and maturation, it’s best to start at the very beginning.
These interviews revealed a heightened sense of hope for a group whose high school careers were defined and marred by a global pandemic. Online classes became the norm, and many of their gatherings and social events were masked or socially distanced. Proms, athletic events and milestone ceremonies were either canceled, altered or virtual.
“Man is, by nature, a social animal,” Aristotle once wrote. Second to earning a degree and starting a career, this class is eager to connect socially with their peers and become part of an “experience” and a community that they mostly missed out on in high school.
It’s our hope that all 12 of these students join us again in four years to tell us all about their Campbell experience. We’re confident that those who do will return older, wiser, more confident and ready to take on the world.
We’re excited to tell these stories. See you in 2026.