Move-In Day At USD


Thousands of South Dakota college students are settling into their new dorm digs this evening.  It was move-in day at USD and SDSU Friday.  Find out what it takes to move a campus full of Coyotes in Vermillion.

A warm USD welcome greets each of the families lined up outside the dorms.

“Enjoy your stay, welcome to USD.”

Parents who have gone through this drill before know what needs to get done to ensure a seamless transition from the parking lot into the dorm room.

“I try to stay out of the way and let my wife and daughter pack all the stuff and get things going and I do what they say.  That’s a successful day,” Ed Akins of South Sioux City, NE said.

Volunteers from several campus organizations help haul the students’ belongings.

“It’s really nice.  I haven’t touched a thing so far, that works really nice for me,” incoming freshman Natalie Akins said.  

“You gotta pick and choose wisely on what you want to carry.  But you gotta take the heavy stuff for people, for all the girls, taking the heavier stuff, futons and fridges.  It’s not too bad, though,” volunteer mover Adam Daly said.

Move-in Day also means moving on from the familiarity of home life to new challenges and opportunities in college.

“I’m actually going for nursing and I’ve always known I wanted to do that, so I’m just really excited to get started,”  Natalie Akins said.  

Yet, this is a bittersweet day for parents.

“We’re going to miss her.  That’s the way it is, we had her for a long time and we’re going to miss her.  So, okay,” Ed Akins said.

“It’s sad, but I’m ready to spread my wings a little bit,” Natalie Akins said.  

Heavy hearts amid the heavy lifting at USD.

Move-In Day at USD also included a Friday afternoon gathering at the DakotaDome to welcome the new students.

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