I believe that move-in day has changed quite a bit from when these Duke University freshman were greeted by the Welcome to Alspaugh sign over the doorway to their dormitory. These young ladies appear to be chic and elegant despite only having a suitcase or two. I wish I were that together when I was 18 years old!
Our quiet twin city area experiences a population explosion at the end of each summer. During a two week period in August, approximately 25,000 university students return to Bloomington/Normal for the fall semester at the two main universities. And at least half of them live in university housing whose directors plead with students to just bring the necessities with them to school. But the freshman (or is it their parents?) seem to go bonkers with what they define as necessities. For Illinois State, the city of Normal blocks off some streets and turns others into one-way thoroughfares with lots of signage and officers directing traffic. Students are given a specific time they can move into their dorm and there are “Curb Birds” (student volunteers from various clubs, Greek organizations, and sports) to help unload the student/parents’ vehicle (all too often a truck like the one in the background of this photo), load the stuff onto rolling pallets, and help get the student checked in and moved in. The preciseness of this operation would make any efficiency psychologist proud!
And, suddenly, just like “that,” the quad is a sea of students again and the new academic year has begun.
What was it like when you moved into your college dorm? What about when you moved your children in?
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