For the third consecutive year, legions of returning students, faculty and staff pitched in to help anxious freshmen and their families make the hardest part of the day as swift and painless as possible. Upon arriving at the university, cars loaded with everything students could use at their new home away from home were swarmed by orientation assistants, professors, staff members, varsity student-athletes, and even the president of the university hauling the contents off to a dormitory room.
“[The move-in] speaks to the connectedness of this place, and the personal nature of this place,” President Mark Erickson said. “When I see these students in the next few days, I feel like I already know them, and they feel like they already know me.”
The flurry of activity was a pleasant surprise for students and their families alike.
“I didn’t expect them to be so helpful,” said new student Hillary Rechel from Dublin, Ohio. “They all helped move in everything, and we didn't really have to carry that much.”
Marilyn Brown, of New Canaan, Conn., echoed the sentiment after dropping off her son Mason.
“We envisioned having to get here early and move all the stuff ourselves,” she said.
Even parents who had experienced other college move-ins were impressed.
“We moved into Capital last year with my other daughter, and it was a similar situation… but this is much more organized,” said Todd Bundy, father of freshman Rachel Bundy from North Canton, Ohio.
Overall, the move was a success, and parents were finally able to breathe when the physical labor was over. But for the new students, the festivities were just beginning, as new student Chelsea Remster pointed out.
“I am really excited to get started, and the schedule looks really busy, but I think it's going to be a lot of fun.”
Written By: John Strawn '07
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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