Moving away from Mom and Dad and into a dorm can be a stressful event, but it’s the beginning of freedom as well. Saturday was freshman move-in day at UNC Wilmington.
Judith Jones can’t believe all the changes on campus. She graduated from UNC Wilmington more than 20 years ago. Her son is now a Seahawk freshman.
“I love the new school of education, it’s beautiful,” Jones said. “He’s majoring in education. I’m a teacher as well. I’ve been teaching 24 years. Absolutely gorgeous campus, full of activity. I’m so excited for him, wish I could come back!”
Seventeen-hundred volunteers worked during the freshman move-in process. Standing around twittling your thumbs was not an option.
“We unload the cars when they pull up. Just welcome them in, unpack everything for them and take it on up,” said volunteer mover Emily Farmer.
The volunteers found more than their fair share of unusual items. Volunteer Riley Donahue
told us some of the strangest he’s seen.
“Giant teddy bears, some weird couches, a velvet chair,” he said.
The bed count on campus has doubled over the last ten years at UNC Wilmington. The school is actually 30 students over occupancy.
“We’re over the 4,100 bed count at this time. That presents unique challenges for the campus. We’re a residential campus now,” said Director of Housing and Residence Life Brad Reid.
For the first time in school history more than 4,000 students will be living on campus.
According to national research, living on campus increases a student’s chance for academic and social success.