September 03, 2010

Student Move-in 2010

It was 94 degrees when the orange bins began piling up in the West Lot. Freshman Move-in Day is traditionally hot, and the humidity was palpable as students and parents trudged to the residence halls on both sides of Huntington Avenue, dorm supplies in tow.

"Move-in is basically the same process every year," says Sarah Oakes, Architecture '12, resident assistant and admissions representative. "But this year, we worked hard to make the system more streamlined." Stationed at the entrance of the lot, Oakes directed families to the appropriate unloading spot before they would continue to their respective dorms. "We literally plan for this day all year," she said.

Changes this year included setting aside a whole day to move in international and commuter students, an adjustment made to address the need for extra assistance and space. Also new this year, incoming freshman students have the opportunity to choose special interest housing focused on four areas: wellness living, leadership and life, women in technology, and video games and the arts. The purpose of the new initiative is to more effectively connect students with Wentworth, create opportunities to learn and meet fellow classmates, confirm interest in a chosen major, and improve the student experience and academic performance. These students are not only moving into a new dorm, but a new lifestyle.

While student leaders and staff volunteers helped throughout campus, Orientation Coordinator Justin Valentim, Civil Engineering Technology '11, directed lost families from the Leopard Booth outside of Beatty Hall. "Any students who missed orientation are making it up today," he says. "Welcome Week is hectic, but exciting."

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