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Controlled chaos: move-in day

Controlled chaos: move-in day

Students and families line up outside of Kerr Hall while waiting to check in for UNT move in day.

Controlled chaos: move-in day
August 23
00:36 2016

By Bina Perino

New chapters in many students’ lives began over the weekend as they carried mini-fridges into dorms, explored the campus with family and friends, and met people they’ll live with for the next nine months.

Although move-in day is normally synonymous with stress, clutter and chaos, Sunday turned out to be surprisingly smooth according to many volunteers, students and parents who were a part of the madness.

As Bruce Hall director Virnin Bonner said, the whole day was “smooth as butter.”

It’s a sight many students can relate to. It’s move-in week. Parents were trying to have every minor detail in control. Freshmen were rushing to feel that ever-craved sense of freedom. Resident assistants and volunteers were keeping themselves busy trying to help every confused or overwhelmed person they come in contact with.

Making changes

This year, Student Housing developed a more efficient way of moving students into the dorms that would ease the process.

For the move-in process, the scheduled times were staggered at hour intervals so that the hallways would not crowd up. The intervals also kept the parking lots from overcrowding, compared to past  move-in days.

To transport large numbers of boxes, electronics, and clothes into the dorms, volunteers and resident assistants checked out orange bins and dollies to parents and students.

The improved systems saved time wasted on finding parking, squeezing crowds of families through narrow halls and making several trips back and forth to the car.

“It’s been a little bit hectic getting all of [my] stuff out and into the room,”Angel Jaramillo computer science freshman said. “I’m excited to be here, though.”

Business freshman Kiana Charles and her mother embrace before the families departure on Sunday afternoon for UNT move-in day. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

Business freshman Kiana Charles and her mother embrace before the family’s departure on Sunday afternoon for UNT move-in day. Tomas Gonzalez | Visuals Editor

Move-in days in previous years have been haunted with dense clouds that rained down on the parade of televisions, microwaves, and bedding. Sunday surprised everyone with enough sunshine to keep everyone’s belongings dry.

Chi Alpha intern Haley Gardner and other volunteers braved the heat to lend a hand.

“We’re out here so [freshmen] feel better,” she said. “It helps make the transition easier.”

A sense of community

During move-in, strangers also became friends. Music education freshman Brass Burpa and engineering freshman Matt Nguyen were excited to be moving into Rawlins Hall together despite only meeting once several months back.

Burpa said he looked forward to diving into college culture, while Nguyen was excited to have a change of scenery.

“I felt so welcomed,” Burpa said. “The people here are so lively.”

According to biology freshman Allison Taylor, the volunteers and move-in day as a whole, exceeded her expectations.

She said although she was as nervous and anxious, as any freshman taking the leap into college would be, she was glad that move-in day was swift, exciting and not too emotional or difficult.
“Everybody was very helpful. I look forward to being away from where I grew up,” said Taylor, who is originally from Lubbock. “And, as every freshman, I’m excited to finally have a taste of freedom.”

Featured Photo: Students and families line up outside of Kerr Hall while waiting to check in for UNT move-in day. Kristina Uresti | Staff Photographer

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