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August 22, 2014 05:02 PM

Parents, Students Get Help Moving Into Dorms

Brookings, SD

While many elementary through high school students are already back in the classroom, college kids are now starting to flood campuses across the state.

Sidewalks at SDSU look more like yard sales than a college campus right now, as freshman students and their parents tackle the challenge of moving into the dorms.

"It's a high energy day. Probably surpassed only by graduation," Douglas Wermedal, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs said.

Some of that high energy can be stress. Many parents were nervous about what they'd find as they pulled up this morning.

"I've heard different stories. I heard that we were going to have help. I heard there was going to be a long line and very little help. So I'm tickled to death with this," dad of a freshman student, Tony Benda said. 

He's tickled because more than 400 volunteers are helping with the move. A little pre-planning from the University has everything running smoothly.

"Two or three weeks ahead of actual move-in day, we sent out a set of stickers that we asked them to put on their belongings. So it will say, Bob Smith 422 Ben Rifle Hall. And so as all that stuff lands on a curb we're able to take it right up to there," Wermedal said. 

One of the volunteers moving things in is sophomore Emily Pederson.

"I remember looking back here, you kind of have some nerves going on when you're first moving in. So it's great just to have older students and friendly faces here, taking your stuff up to your room for you, so you don't have to worry about that. Meet someone right away. Kind of make a friend," Sophomore volunteer, Emily Pederson said. 

Which gives parents a little comfort, as they watch their kids move into the real world.

"We might be bawling by the end of the thing, but we'll be alright," mom of an SDSU freshman, Lori Waldron said. "If we've done our job, you know, they should be able to leave. So that's a good feeling too."

Upper classmen at SDSU will begin moving into the dorms throughout the weekend. Classes begin on Monday.

  • Education
  • College
  • Brookings, SD
  • Vermillion, SD
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