AMERICUS (August 13, 2013)—Mid-August in college towns everywhere brings with it a high level of excitement. Arguably the most exciting day in the back-to-school month is “Move-In Day,” when new students – particularly new freshmen – settle into campus residence halls. For Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW), that day is Saturday, Aug. 17. Move-In Day activities begin at 8 a.m. and will primarily take place at the Southwestern Oaks Freshman Residence Hall.
“Move-In Day is such an emotional, yet exciting time for our first-year students and their families,” said Tiffany Gregory, director of Residence Life. “We want to ensure that this process is as welcoming and efficient as possible. Each year, we receive support from faculty, staff, students and local community organizations, and this year we have received a great amount of support to welcome these new students to their home away from home.”
Roughly 185 GSW faculty, staff and students have signed up to help this year – a record number. Nearly 900 students between all three GSW residence halls will be moving onto campus this weekend, with the largest percentage being new freshmen.
Jason Wicker, a GSW graduate, was hired recently as Residence Life Coordinator. In his position he works with first year freshmen, helping them transition to life on campus. His own personal involvement with Move-In Day gives added perspective.
My first experience with GSW Move-In Day was over 10 years ago when I volunteered with a campus organization to help new students get settled into their rooms,” said Wicker. “I remember well the looks on the faces of students, and especially their parents, as a group of smiling faces surrounded their vehicles as they pulled into the parking lot. Expressions of surprise and ‘what the heck?’ quickly turned into glances of appreciation as GSW students, faculty and staff helped carry their belongings into the residence halls. Our goal for Move-In Day this year is the same as it has always been; namely, that we desire for students and their families to receive a warm welcome to our community. I can think of no better effort to help jumpstart their success on our campus.”
The Move-In Day theme this year is “Keep Calm and Carry On: It’s Move-In Day at Georgia Southwestern” – a take on the motto created during World War II in Great Britain.
Students that have questions about Move-In Day or community members that may be interested in helping should contact GSW Residence Life by email at email@example.com.
Moving In—Students move in to Southwestern Oaks Residence Hall at Georgia Southwestern State University in August 2012.
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