At 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, it was already 80 degrees on UNC Pembroke’s campus, and it felt a lot warmer. There was already a line outside the Brave Card office.
Jessie Bachovin (left) and her mother Sue are set to move in
It was freshman move-in day at the University, and a record class of more than 900 was converging on UNCP’s residence halls.
Junior Jennifer Clary and Senior Natasha Tajman, who were handing out slices of pizza with the Student Alumni Association, remembered their move-in as freshmen.
“It was so long ago,” Clary said. “But it was hot then too.”
“I was a freshman at East Carolina,” Tajman said. “There was no air conditioning in my dorm .. hot.”
UNCP’s residence halls are air conditioned, but the parking lots were hot and busy.
“Moving in the essentials was the hard part,” said parent Scott Thysell of Hope Mills. “Refrigerator, toaster oven, TV and, thank goodness, a laptop computer. We didn’t think we would have room for all the clothes in the car.”
There were other “essentials.”
Jessie Bachovin from Wilmington, Del., brought her dog Emma.
“My sister’s going to miss Emma a lot,” said Maddie Bachovin, Jessie’s sister whose job was holding the Chihuahua.
Schrock and friend Chico DeLagaraza with flowers
Samantha Schrock of Fayetteville brought her boyfriend Chico DeLagaraza, who brought fresh flowers for her room. Chico was headed for UNC Charlotte in two days.
Excitement mingled with concern as parents said goodbye to their college freshmen.
“I worry that she will call every weekend and want me to visit,” said Sue Bachovin.
“She’s quiet,” said George Smith about his daughter Temeka. “She’s my first to go to college. I’m not sure she will ask enough questions.”
Lewis Hall’s son, Bem, is his third to attend to college.
“This is the right place for my son,” Hall said. “This was his best visit. It’s small, and he needs that.”
By noon the line at the Brave Card office had moved to the Textbook Reservation office, the Bookstore was jammed and the pizza nearly consumed. And the heat sizzled on.
Alumni and future alumni gave out pizza. From left, Floyd Locklear, Natasha Tajman and Jennifer Clary
Bem Hall brought the essentials for a hot day