Heavy lifting, applicance trouble, juvenile decorations and other memories from move-in day

With three weeks down already in the first semester, it seems like just yesterday students were moving into their dorms. Most of us can look back to move in weekend and remember the difficulties and challenges we faced, hopefully along with some funny stories as well.

One of the biggest problems students faced during move in weekend was the amount of heavy lifting required. Carrying things such as luggage, refrigerators, and printers don’t exactly make moving to the second floor (or higher in some cases) any easier.

Freshman Pharmacy major Sarah Fillman and her father experienced this the hard way while attempting to carry her mini-fridge up two flights of stairs in Roth.

“We were hoping to find some football players to help with that, but no one was around,” Fillman said.

Julicia Jones, a sophomore Nursing major who lives on the twelfth floor of University Towers experienced some difficulty moving her stuff up to her room as well. She had to wait in line 15 minutes to use the elevator because of the crowd of students all trying to move in at the same time. She didn’t expect to see that many people there by 10 a.m. on Thursday August 25.

“That’s why I came early, because I didn’t think there’d be that many, but I guess everyone had the same mindset – ‘maybe if I come early, there won’t be that many people,’” said Jones.

By Friday August 26 the rush seemed to have calmed down a bit.

“By the time I got there, most of the kids were already moved in,” said Adam Bailey, a sophomore Premed major living on the third floor of University Towers.

Bailey, like most students adjusting to living on campus, had a few minor technical difficulties the first week here. Excited about having a kitchen and appliances, Bailey tried using the dishwasher and he filled it up and left the room for a few minutes.

“When I came back, there was basically a Jacuzzi in my kitchen,” Bailey said.

This didn’t get him down though.

“Moving in was a very pleasant experience,” Bailey said. “I really enjoyed it.” Bailey spent his freshman year commuting an hour round trip from Scranton every day. He appreciates being able to get to class in five minutes, one of the many advantages to living on campus. “It’s a million times better than commuting. I love living on campus rather than drive home every night.”

Athletes had the opportunity of moving in earlier than other students. One cross country athlete, freshman Mechanical Engineering major Dan Lykens, used the extra time to make his room unique. With bright colors and a bicycle in there it’s easy to see how he spiced things up. He even managed to make a device out of paper clips, rubber bands and a command hook to turn off the light without having to get out of bed.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things in Lykens’ room (besides the bike of course) is a carpet with roads and buildings on it intended for children. He said regretfully that he left his toy cars at home. Maybe that will make the list of things to bring next year.