Upperclassmen Help Freshmen Move In
By Elizabeth Gagne, Staff Writer
The class of 2018 brings 884 freshmen to campus, according to Carol Hunt, administrative support specialist.
At 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 18, the freshman began the journey of getting settled into their rooms. They come from all over the state. Some of them are from out of state and the country as well.
The running around and unloading cars was a scene to behold.
“It’s nice to see new faces and how excited the freshmen are to start their college career, as well as seeing their reactions to their new environment,” said Jerri Outlaw, a resident advisor at North Hall, who has experienced freshman move in several times.
With the move comes the job of answering questions: ‘Where do I get my Bravescard?’ ‘When do meal plans start?’ ‘What are the café hours?’ the list extends for these students.
“It was really great and smooth. The R.A.’s were really helpful. If I had any questions, they were answered very quickly. Nobody else had any problems from what I could see,” said Alexander Prevatt, a freshman from Trinidad.
Freshmen attended orientation, where they registered for classes and took tours before moving in on campus. Once they moved in and got situated, they had the opportunity to meet their roommates and to start getting their books for class.
Most freshmen move into North, Belk and Pine, which are the designated freshmen halls.
Honors College freshmen move into Oak Hall, and the Living and Learning Community and Nursing Community move into Cypress Hall.
There are some freshmen that move into the on-campus apartments.
More than 50 UNCP athletes and Greek life members were stationed at these buildings to assist with move in.
“My move in experience was the best that I had as a first time freshman. I only had to carry about four of my bags. Thank god for the staff because they really helped with move in,” said Rasheed Jordan, a freshman at North Hall.
However, there is an exception to move in. Freshmen that are in any sports, band or color guard move in earlier than the other students. Therefore they avoid the hectic rush that other freshmen experience.
Along with move in, freshmen also have welcome week activities.
One of the events that all freshmen are required to attend is the Housing and Residence Life Orientation meeting. This orientation helps freshmen become acquainted with policies and procedures associated with living on campus. It is geared to help their stay on campus be as enjoyable as possible.
Although move in may seem hectic, freshmen are a vital part of campus life. The more freshmen are enrolled, the more vibrant UNCP is as a university.
Photo by Sara Owen. Michael Simma, member of Theta Xi fraternity, helps new students unload their belongings outside North Hall and move in on Aug. 18.