Freshmen revel on move-in day
A day long anticipated by many University of North Georgia freshmen finally arrived as more than 700 students excitedly moved into their residence halls on the university's Dahlonega Campus.
The freshmen moved in on Aug. 16 to give them a weekend of setting up their rooms and learning more about the campus before classes began on Aug. 19. Upperclassmen moved in on Aug. 17, while cadets moved in one week prior. Altogether, 1,570 civilian students will be living on campus. Additionally, 716 of the more than 800 students in the Corps of Cadets reside on campus. The total residential population on campus for fall 2013 is 2,286.
Cars lined the roads between residence halls and around the General Bill "Lipp" Livsey Drill Field as family members, friends and students unloaded the items they will need during their year at UNG. Civilian students are assigned to one of five residence halls: Owen Hall, Lewis Annex, Lewis Hall, Donovan Hall, or North Georgia Suites. The Corps of Cadets occupy three residence halls—Liberty Hall, Patriot Hall or Gaillard Hall—which have been recently constructed or renovated to meet the organizational needs of the corps' structure.
"So far, it's been lots of fun," said Blair Bazemore, a freshman nursing major from Macon, Ga. "I'm already good friends with my roommates thanks to INTRO. I wanted to come to UNG after my sister attended and told me how she fell in love with the campus."
The university's freshman orientation program, INTRO, serves as an opportunity for freshmen to become accustomed to their new home and meet many of their peers. Each campus has its own orientation program to ensure new students learn about their surroundings and feel as welcome as possible.
"My experience wasn't like what most traditional students would expect," said freshman Cadet Matthew Reynolds, who moved in Aug. 11 to attend Express INTRO. "My mother had a hard time dropping me off and only being able to help me unload my stuff, and then letting the corps take it from there. But my father was a cadet here, so he knew what to expect. The process went well, and my roommates and suitemates are great, but it's really different having to keep my room so organized."
Dozens of resident assistants supervised the civilian move-in crowd, giving directions, answering questions and helping students with their luggage and furniture. During the school year, students have the option of contacting their resident assistant or the Office of Residence Life for help or resources.
"We're just here to help however we can," said students Taylor Lazenby and Jeremy Moore, who are members of Campus Outreach, a volunteer group that helps at many campus events such as move-in day. "We want this to be a fun, positive experience for everyone involved," they said.
This year, 728 freshmen will be living on the Dahlonega Campus, matching this past year's number. Each freshman had the opportunity to speak with at least one resident assistant face-to-face for a few moments before going to his or her room.
"Move-in day at UNG was a great experience for me," said Resident Assistant Rachel Glazer, who is a sophomore majoring in psychology. "It was really helpful to have teams streamlining the process; that's what we're trying to do now while we're checking new residents in, but more than anything we want to make them feel welcome."
Kevin Lineberger, a freshman criminal justice major from Clayton County, said he was a little anxious waiting for this day to get here, but now he's more excited. He came to UNG because he didn't want to be on a huge campus, and liked the feel here much better.
Also during the weekend move-in, the Information Technology Service Desk assisted residents with anti-virus software installations and connectivity testing. IT staff from the Cumming and Gainesville campuses joined their Dahlonega counterparts to provide comprehensive computer assistance throughout Saturday and Sunday.
"We know that being comfortably set up and connected is vital to our residents, especially during their first few weeks here," Service Desk Manager Katrena Hook said. "Having the IT staff come together to offer their expertise to students in getting them online was a great experience for all involved, and the students had the benefit of having one less thing to worry about during this busy time."